ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Mark Juergensmeyer’s

Ghandi’s Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution


Monday, May 12 from 12:10-1:00 pm in the Garrison Room, MU

All faculty and TAs welcome.

As part of the Campus Community Book Project, faculty and graduate students
interested in integrating Mark Juergensmeyer’s Ghandi’s Way: A Handbook of
Conflict Resolution into their courses in fall 2003 are invited to participate in an
roundtable discussion.

Participants will include: Larry Chase (communication), Kim Elsbach (graduate
school of management), Gary Sue Goodman (writing, multi-ethnic literature), Karen
Roth (Campus Community Relations), and Aram Yengoyan (anthropology).

Faculty and TAs from all disciplines are welcome to bring a bag lunch and
participate in this informal discussion of approaches to the book and teaching
strategies. Even if you have not yet had a chance to read the book, this should offer
a provocative introduction to the book and ways to use it across varied disciplines.

As with last year’s book, this book was selected for its contemporary relevance and
wide interdisciplinary appeal. As an introduction to Ghandi’s approach to conflict
resolution, this book could have relevance in any course or situation in which there
are conflicts to resolve or negotiate, including conflicts between competing
paradigms or interpretations, as well as contemporary conflicts on any scale, from
neighborly disputes to international war. Ghandi’s concept of satyagraha
(“grasping onto principles” or “truth force”) invites analysis of the principles
underlying a conflict, by recognizing multlple points of view — an essential strategy
for cultivating critical thinking and writing skills.

The UCD Bookstore has already acquired many copies of the book, which will be
sold at the discounted price of $10.95 through fall quarter. Shields Library has
acquired 5 copies of the book, three currently at the Reading Display (1st floor) and
two on Reserve (DS481.G3.G47 2002). The UC Press also knows about the book
project and will waive their usual shipping and handling fee and send an
examination copy to any UCD instructor who is considering ordering it for a specific
course. (You may e-mail your request to textbooks@ucpress.edu or FAX it to 510-
643-7127.)

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Instruction Patricia Turner strongly supports the
book project and encourages faculty involvement. The Freshman Seminar
Program welcomes courses that focus on or use the book. The final deadline to
arrange seminars for fall 2003 is September 2, 2003. For information on the
Freshman Seminar Program, go to: http://trc.ucdavis.edu/TRC/frosh.html. To
arrange to teach a freshman seminar, contact Janet Chambers:
jachambers@ucdavis.edu or 752-6050.

For more information about the book project, please see the announcement below
or go to the website: http://occr.ucdavis.edu/bookproject.html
(There is not much posted yet, but a calendar of events will be posted here.)

For more information about the Roundtable, contact Gary Sue Goodman
(gsgoodman@ucdavis.edu) or Karen Roth (kmroth@ucdavis.edu).

For more information about the Campus Community Book Project, contact Karen
Roth (kmroth@ucdavis.edu).

Gary Sue Goodman
Acting Director, Composition Program
UC Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
phone: 530-752-4947
fax: 530-752-5013


DEANS, DIRECTORS, DEPARTMENT CHAIRS, AND CAMPUS/UCDMC
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

RE: CAMPUS COMMUNITY BOOK PROJECT for Fall 2003

We invite all members of the UC Davis community to participate in the second
annual Campus Community Book Project for Fall 2003. This project seeks to
promote a greater sense of community among students, staff, faculty, and
community members by creating a common experience (that of reading the same
book). This year’s book selection is Gandhi’s Way: A Handbook of Conflict
Resolution by Mark Juergensmeyer. The author, a professor of sociology at UC
Santa Barbara, introduces Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of moral action and
conflict resolution. It offers a straightforward, step-by-step approach that can be
used in any conflict – at home or at work; in local, national, or international arenas.
The author sets out Gandhi’s basic methods and illustrates them with practical
examples to show how parties at odds can rise above a narrow view of self-interest
to find resolutions that are satisfying and beneficial to all involved.

This book was chosen from among nearly 100 recommendations from the campus
community for several reasons. Primarily, the book offers us an opportunity to
engage in a rich dialogue on how to foster mutual respect for conflicting ideologies,
values, and perspectives in our multicultural environment. The current international
conflicts in the Middle East and North Korea, as well as the more local state budget
crisis, present us with opportunities to engage in dialogue about our various
perspectives. We believe that this book will provide a guide for constructive and
respectful dialogue within our community. In addition, the content has broad
appeal and application to a variety of contexts on our campus and in the
surrounding community. We anticipate using this book to examine many of the
divergent perspectives within our community to determine viable solutions to
conflicting viewpoints.

We invite all members of our community – undergraduate and graduate students,
staff, faculty, administrators, and community members – to read the book, and to
participate in a number of campus events and programs related to the book. A
variety of programs will be offered in Fall 2003, such as book discussions facilitated
by faculty members, campus presentations by the author, and conflict mediation
workshops. We encourage faculty to integrate the book into existing courses and to
develop freshman seminars that focus on the book and the issues it raises. The
Campus Bookstore has already joined the project by offering the book at the
discounted rate of $10.95.

As we strive to build a more inclusive community, it is essential to learn how to
respect points of view that differ significantly from our own. The Community Book
Project – and particularly Mark Juergensmeyer’s fascinating book – offers
opportunities to broaden our intellectual horizons and to talk with each other across
campus and throughout the community.

The Campus Community Book Project is sponsored by the Campus Council on
Community and Diversity, the Office of Campus Community Relations, and the
Office of the Provost. For more information or to inquire about being part of this
program, please contact Karen Roth, Campus Community Relations, at (530) 752-
2071 or kmroth@ucdavis.edu. We also invite you to visit the book project website
at http://occr.ucdavis.edu/bookproject.html. This web site lists all of the
recommendations that we received from the campus community for consideration
in the selection of this year’s book.

Virginia S. Hinshaw
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Rahim Reed
Associate Executive Vice Chancellor--
Campus Community Relations