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For Immediate Release

Angelita Plemmer
Terri Bolling
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Free Webinar for Mediators and Others: Race and its Role in Mediation

(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – May 8, 2012) A free lunchtime webinar will explore the issues of race, culture and ethnicity in mediation. The webinar “Mediating Race, Culture and Ethnicity: An Identity-Based Approach” will be held Tuesday, May 22, noon-1 p.m.

In America, many people are uncomfortable talking about issues of race, culture and ethnicity. This webinar will address why identity -- including race, culture, ethnicity and other factors – is a central component of every dispute and how mediators can effectively and responsibly bring identity into the mediation process.

Presenter Anna Spain, J.D., is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School who has more than 17 years of mediation experience. She teaches, writes and practices in the fields of mediation, international dispute resolution and identity-based conflict. She was previously an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State and served on the board of Mediators Beyond Borders. Spain has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

This free lunchtime webinar is designed for people who work with mediation or alternative dispute resolution, and also for people who want to learn more about peacemaking. Members of the public are invited to join the conversation.

The webinar is free, but registration is required and space is limited. For more information about how to join the webinar, go to MACRO’s website,

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