Critical Pathways to Peace: ADR, Receptivity & Reconciliation

CAL STATE EAST BAY - HAYWARD, CA - MARCH 14 & 15, 2015 - 8:30AM-6:30PM


Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Taylor, Ph.D.


Dr. Kathleen Taylor's professional workshops on adult learning and development have been presented internationally.  She has also consulted to the World Bank on issues related to teaching aging brains and is  currently completing a book on Learning and the Adult Brain.

Taylor's award winning book, Developing Adult Learners, describes best practices in teaching adults.  She  consults widely on topics related to positive adult development and the neurophysiology of adult learning.   Taylor was interviewed for a 2009 article in the New York Times on learning and the adult brain, particularly on learning approaches that help adults respond more effectively in their families, workplaces, and society at large.


Cops and Robbers: A one-man performance exploring the conflicted relationship between law enforcement, the media and the Black community


This plenary session is a one-man show performed by former rapper and now Oakland police officer Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira following a long run at The Marsh Theater in the summer and fall of 2014 Berkeley that received rave reviews.  The Piper brings many voices vividly to life from the oft-conflicted relationships involved in officer-related shootings in the Black community.  In a review of the play, a reviewer wrote “Shifting between two worlds, Ferreira realized everyone is speaking but no one is listening to anyone but their own choir. ‘Every time I open the paper I’m reminded both worlds are convinced they see the right vision and they have no idea there is a world outside the one they are in. . . Everything I learned in life, it’s in the play.  The African ancestor from 500 years ago or the 13 year-old who’s sexually exploited: it’s all there.’”  The Piper will bring alive for us the dynamics we experience in many Black communities and read about in stories from Ferguson and Staten Island.

After the play, The Piper will remain for a 30 minute Q&A session with the audience.  Those who want to pursue questions further regarding peace-making, mediation, and conflict transformation involved in the relationships between police and low income and minority communities are encouraged to participate in a conversation with three active law enforcement officers, one of whom was involved in a police-related shooting in January, in the workshop entitled Police and Creating Conditions for Peaceful Resolution of Conflict

Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira is a West Oakland native who graduated from SFSU with a degree in Black Studies, toured 24 countries with an alternative hip-hop band, wrote a bold screenplay, and entered the police academy in 2010.  He is married, a father of three, living in the East Bay.  His one man show ran at The Marsh Theater in Berkeley from August to December, 2014.


The Power of Nonviolence: Paving the Way for Peace


An interactive plenary session focusing on the principles of nonviolence, as articulated by Gandhi based on almost 50 years of practice, in all imaginable fields; principles that have also been used with great success by King, Mandela and many others. Gandhi demonstrated time and again that the greatest force for peace in any setting is achieved by adherence to truth and nonviolence (which he called satyagraha or 'truth force'). At its core, nonviolence challenges us to create a new story about who we are and our true potential as humans. These principles are essential for all who wish to master the art of peacemaking. In this presentation and the accompanying exercises we will explore the basic tenets of nonviolence and how these principles can be used to create powerful pathways for peace in dispute resolution settings.

Michael Nagler. PhD, is Professor Emeritus at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and the Founder/President of the Metta Center for Nonviolence (  He has taught and written extensively on Gandhi and nonviolence. His books on the subject include The Search for A Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World, translated into Korean, Arabic, Italian and other languages, and The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide for Practical Action.

Eileen Barker, J.D., has been a commercial and family mediator since 1991. Over the past 10 years, she has become a recognized forgiveness teacher, coach, and leader in the movement to integrate emotional healing and forgiveness with conflict resolution. She has led numerous forgiveness trainings and taught mediation and conflict resolution courses at UC Berkeley School of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, JFK University, and Sonoma State University. She is the author of The Forgiveness Workbook and The Forgiveness Meditation CD(



ON-SITE: MARCH 14-15, 7:30AM

ADRNC Members $280 (two days) / $140 (one day)

Non-Members $280 (two days) / $140 (one day)

Students $65


Volunteer opportunities are available. Must commit to 8 hours total; students only. Send statement of interest from campus email account to

Limited scholarships for hardship are available. Inquiries may be sent to by March 10.

On-site registration begins at 7:30 am on both days at the New University Union Building

Registration includes continental breakfastboxed lunch, and reception. Upon registration, registrants may indicate meal preferences (e.g. vegetarian).

Refund policy:

Please send an email to to request a refund. 50% Refund by March 6, 2015. No Refund on or after March 7, 2015. Registration is not transferrable to other individuals.

Location: CSU East Bay - New University Union Building

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