UT Project on Conflict Resolution: Events

The UTPCR organizes several periodic events and outreach programs that foster our mission to change the way people think about and handle conflict at every level in order to positively affect our communities, our nation and our world.

Community Dialogue on Gun Control | April 5, 2018

The Society of Professional Mediators presents Talk it Out: Student Dialogue in the Wake of Parkland. To complement the School Walk Outs that have been happening across the country, this dialogue event invites students from across the political and social spectrum to come together, discuss the issues and imagine a better way forward. 

The goal of this non-partisan town hall style meetings was not to debate or protest, but to come together as a community to voice our concerns and ideas, to listen to others, and to explore our ability to work together to ensure security for all of us. This was not a lecture or a program - all attendees were invited to participate in the group conversation, and people were very excited about new understandings.

The Conflict Conference | April 10-11, 2020

The Conflict Conference (TCC) will hold its annual conference at the Moody College of The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) on April 10-11, 2020.  TCC is a multidisciplinary annual conference promoting the study of conflict, conflict resolution, and peace making. We invite papers on any relevant topic, such as apologies, advocacy, dispute resolution, peace, negotiation, reconciliation, mediation, dialogue, restorative justice, conflict management, environmental disputes, and ethics. 

See The Conflict Conference webpage for more information.

Community and Public Events

"Election 2016: How did we get here? Where do we go next?" Friday, October 21 from 3-5pm, Glenn Maloney Room SSB G 1.310

The Society of Professional Mediators tackled the aftermath of the 2016 election's pressing political issues with a facilitated discussion on modern day politics and the current presidential election. Refreshments provided.

Global Ethics & Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium | June

The Summer Symposium provides an opportunity for high school students to explore leading contemporary ideas in conflict resolution and discover avenues for more effective cooperation, including handling bullying and aggression. Participants in the one- or two-week symposium receive instruction from distinguished scholars and interact with artists, filmmakers, musicians and politicians with real-world views on subjects ranging from relationship difficulties to international tensions.

Through group interaction, participants learn valuable skills in relationship-building and problem-solving. Topics included in previous Symposium include: Negotiation Theory; Music and Art of Peace; A Devoted and Dynamic Family; Safety And School; Race, Ethnicity and Community; Civil Rights, Human Rights and Individual Responsibility; Current Events; Public Policy; and National Identity.

See the Summer Symposium page for more information.

See our In the World page for some past events.


These are intensive, information-packed workshops giving you better and more effective skills for every aspect of your business and personal life. Each includes practice with true-to-life interactive scenarios. Workshops are held on Fridays several times each year on the UT campus. Each begins with networking from 8:00-8:30 AM and the body of the workshop from 8:30-11:30 AM. The cost is $125 which includes the workshop, free parking, and a Certificate of Completion.

We currently working on the Summer 2019 schedule.

The Challenge of Impossible People: Communicating for Success

  • Learn skills to diffuse an elevated situation and get the difficult person collaborating.
  • Be able ddress negative people amicably and build better business relationships.
  • Decipher the motivation behind behavior and how to make it work for you.
  • Recognize and avoid the pitfalls of difficult business communication including
    in-person, phone and e-mail.


Communication Power Boost for Women: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

  • Focus on the ability to influence outcomes for better collaboration and more favorable results.
  • Become aware of some of the social differences, habit responses and style conundrums that keep women from stepping up and speaking out.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of female/male communications that will open up a whole new set of behavior choices.
  • Learn the underlying research and practice real-world role play to build your own toolbox of concrete skills.
  • Valuable information for both men and women. Applicable in both professional and personal life.


Negotiation Essentials for Business Professionals: How to Get the Most Out of Your Negotiations

  • Know when and how to initiate productive negotiations with the right strategy and negotiation style.
  • How to turn conflict into collaboration and overcome barriers to success.
  • How to evaluate what is said versus what is wanted (position vs. interest).
  • How to come up with alternatives for fair outcomes.
  • How to address differences in communication styles, strategies and cultures.
  • What makes a high quality agreement.
  • How to get commitment and follow through on a negotiated agreement.


Some UTPCR event formats include:

  • Seminars
  • Symposiums
  • Lectures