Champlain alum Dana Caspersen (MS in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies ’09) was recently invited to give an address to the plenary session at the upcoming national conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in October. She was invited to present on her work in Germany in creating dialogues on the topic of immigration. Using her decades of experience in dance and theater combined with the education she received at Champlain College, Dana has engaged hundreds of people throughout the country in dialogues about immigration, its impacts on Germany and people’s attitudes toward immigrants. She has done similar work in St. Johnsbury engaging youth in dialogues on the topic of violence in their community and how it affects their lives. Dana’s presentation is featured by ACR as part of their “New Voices” award that seeks to highlight notable experiences of conflict engagement practitioners within six years of having graduated from a conflict resolution-related graduate degree.
You can find more details, pictures, and video of Dana’s knotunknot dialogue project on her website.
Dana Casperson is an award-winning performer, choreographer, author and conflict mediator. A long-time collaborator of choreographer William Forsythe in the Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company, she is based in Germany and the United States. Her work presently moves between performance contexts, research, and social conflict projects that utilize kinetic strategies. Her upcoming book, “Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution,” will be published by Penguin in the Spring of 2015.