McCormack Speaks

January 23, 2017
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Five Key Tips to Resolve Conflict: What I Learned in Small Claims Court

Anonymous
A Conflict Resolution student at the McCormack Graduate School

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While many people might like to avoid conflict altogether, as a graduate student in conflict resolution, I jumped at the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience learning to mediate between plaintiffs and defendants in small-claims court. However, through this internship, I not only learned effective mediation strategies from skilled and experienced mediation mentors, I also learned skills applicable to all levels of human communication. Through this internship, I was able to put into practice the art of recognizing and appreciating the underlying human values behind a dispute, learn to balance engagement in the conflict with detachment from outcome, and to become aware and mindfully check my own biases towards one party or another. Continue Reading →

December 22, 2016
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Assessing Cross Cultural Encounters: Rethinking Impact

by Karen Ross, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

resolutionWhether in the form of joint sports teams or theater troupes, cross cultural study abroad experiences, or intensive weekend dialogue sessions, programs designed to bring together youth across conflict lines offer a unique platform for fostering communication and understanding. But how do you measure the impact of these programs? In contexts of ongoing, sometimes violent conflict, how can you assess whether programs bringing together teenagers barely old enough to vote are able to make a difference in the big picture of the conflict? Continue Reading →

December 21, 2016
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The Lasting Legacy of John McCormack

by David W. Cash, Dean

John W. McCormackJohn W. McCormack, a Massachusetts congressman for four decades and speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1962 to 1971, was born 125 years ago today. And while his long life ended 36 years ago, we are all still beneficiaries of its fruits.

Modest and soft-spoken, McCormack never sought the limelight. No biography has yet been published, though one is expected next year. But it is fair to say that no member of Congress in the 20th century accomplished more that affects the everyday lives of nearly every American today.

McCormack would doubtless take pride in the continuing effectiveness of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to provide people with a real safety net. He would have reveled in the fact that Barack Obama, a beneficiary of civil and voting rights legislation of the 1960s, became president; he would have supported the many education, housing and aid programs that continue to promote economic opportunity and social justice.

All these policies owe a debt to McCormack — a doer if there ever was one. McCormack was the seventh of eight U.S. House speakers to come from Massachusetts—no other state has sent more than four (Kentucky and Virginia). Continue Reading →

December 20, 2016
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Why Most of Us Won’t Get Tenure

This article first appeared in Inside Higher Education. It is reprinted with permission.

by Jamie J. Hagen, PhD student in the Graduate Program of Global Governance and Human Security

The academic job market is bleak, as most certainly all of you reading this are well aware. Over the summer, Gawker gathered some personal stories to highlight just how bad things are out there. One adjunct wrote about how they work at Starbucks to make ends meet, while another realized the janitor at their institution makes more than they do.

This conversation in popular media reveals how out of touch those with tenure often are regarding the future of their students in the academy.

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December 20, 2016
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Public Support Needed to Advance Insurance-based Solutions to Financing Long-Term Services and Supports

by Marc Cohen, Director of the Center on Long-Term Services and Supports

On November 30, I was invited to testify before the Subcommittee on Government Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  The committee examined why employees participating in the federal long-term care insurance program were experiencing such large rate increases and what might be done to make program premiums more predictable and stable.  Participants on the panel included representatives from the Office of Personnel Management, John Hancock Insurance Company, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

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