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Intercultural Conflict Resolution
Advanced Intercultural Conflict Resolution
Intergroup Dialogue Processes
Psychology of Peace and Conflict Resolution
Gender and Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution through Theater and Improvisation
Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, Peacebuilding
Perspectives in Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution in Divergent Settings
Power, Status and Conflict Resolution
Thesis Preparation Seminar
Dr. Barbara Tint is Full Professor of Conflict Resolution for the Conflict Resolution Graduate Program at Portland State University where she has taught since 1999. She has previously served as the Program's Assistant Director and the Director of International and Intercultural Conflict Resolution. She also serves as an Affiliated Professor at the Conflict Resolution Program at the University of Oregon Law School. Her work in peace and conflict resolution stems from her background in Political Psychology, where she has focused largely on the psychological dynamics involved in the causes, prevention and intervention of international conflict.
As a Rotary Peace Scholar, her Doctoral work at the University of Melbourne in Australia explored issues of collective memory and conflict resolution within the context of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She has served as the Chair of both the Feminism and Peace and the Conflict Resolution Working Groups for the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence and Psychologists for Social Responsibility. In 2003-2004, Dr. Tint went to India on a Fulbright assignment to aid in the development of a Peace and Conflict Resolution Center at the University of Madras. She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including collective memory, dialogue, peace psychology and peace education.
In addition to her teaching, Barbara works as a consultant, facilitator, mediator and trainer in a variety of domestic and international arenas including Australia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and with indigenous, refugee and multi-racial groups in the U.S. She has trained multiple groups worldwide in the practice and process of intergroup dialogue, intercultural relations within conflict resolution processes and dynamics of status and power within conflict.
Her current research and engaged projects include the design and implementation of dialogue and reconciliation processes within refugee communities and the completion of a book, Diasporas in Dialogue, around the development of this work. For more information about the Diasporas in Dialogue project and manual, please see:
Barbara has participated in improvisational theater for a number of years and incorporates the principles and
techniques of this modality into her teaching and conflict resolution work. She has presented workshops on
Conflict Resolution and Applied Improv at the University of Oregon Law School, the Oregon Mediation Consortium and at various venues in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and San Francisco. She has published and practiced on the use of Applied Improvisation for training in preparedness of humanitarian aid workers, leadership contexts, dynamics of power and status within organizations and conflict resolution. Based on principles of collaboration, acceptance, quick thinking, generosity, spontaneity, creativity and letting go, Applied Improvisation is a natural fit for any context where people have to work together, make decisions and create shared visions and projects. Her current passion is exploring the dynamics of status, power and rank in conflict through improvisational modalities.
"Live as if you would die tomorrow. Learn as if you would live forever."
- Mahatma Gandhi
Current times, more than ever, demand new ways of engaging in the world and with each other. We are each responsible for making our own spheres of influence healthier and more peaceful domains. My own release from the world of work involves spending as much time in nature as possible and with family and friends. Travel, music, yoga, meditation, improvisational theatre and a new dog provide the sustenance to stay balanced in the challenging work of peace and conflict resolution. My goal: to work so hard as to render my services no longer necessary.