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NCRP Visit from Tony Macaulay and Jean Kling

On February 16, 2017, the Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peace-building program at CSU Dominguez Hills welcomed Northern Ireland peacebuilder and best-selling author, Tony Macaulay, who spoke to students in Margaret Manning’s pedagogy and capstone courses, and attended Student Research Day.

Tony grew up in 1970s Belfast, Northern Ireland – an experience that has shaped his life and inspired his writing. He has since spent more than 30 years in peacebuilding and leadership development in Northern Ireland and abroad, and is a regular contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’ on BBC Radio Ulster. His books Paperboy, Breadboy and All Growed Up have become critically acclaimed bestsellers. His new book Little House on the Peace Line will be published in the spring of 2017.

Tony is also a contributor to The Window in the Wall, a documentary film currently in production about the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people in Northern Ireland to create windows in the physical and internal walls that divide them. The Window in the Wall is produced by Maria Garvey, Jean Kling and Tanner Kling, who is also directing the film. Jean joined Tony in meeting with students at CSUDH and talked about their work on the film.

Almost 20 years after the Good Friday Peace Agreement ended three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, more than 100 “peace walls” still separate Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods. With a government commitment to removing all of the peace walls by 2023, a variety of inspiring and creative efforts are underway to bring people of different backgrounds together and heal old wounds.

Tony and Jean’s visit gave CSUDH students an opportunity to engage in a thoughtful dialogue about this work and the connections between Northern Ireland’s peace and reconciliation process, the challenges facing communities here in the U.S. and the students’ academic studies. Their discussion covered the power of stories to make positive change, the relationship between free speech and hate speech, how mediators in a divided society can maintain their identity and neutrality, the politics of Northern Ireland’s peace walls, creative ways of preventing violence, structural segregation, an analysis of Northern Ireland’s civil rights movement, The Troubles, and the 1998 peace agreement, and many other topics.

This was an excellent and inspiring visit from both Tony and Jean. The Program on Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building is very grateful to have had them here with us.

To find out more about Tony, you can use these links.
https://tonymacaulayauthor.com
http://www.thewindowinthewall.com

Contact Information:

Jean Kling: kling.jean@gmail.com
Tony Macaulay: tonymacaulay@yahoo.co.uk