Johan Galtung

Date of Dialogue: Jan. 2013

Description: We spoke with Dr. Galtung about many of the deep rooted processes from a global perspective that inform in one way or another the “lens” and approach of restorative justice that is growing in the U.S. and beyond. We looked at Huna traditions and other powerful examples that point to the core need of going to the root of what is causing imbalance and/or harm, and the universal human need to be heard and understood that underlies at the very foundation the process of restoration, balance, and even healing.

Brief Bio: Johan Galtung is a Norwegian sociologist, mathematician and the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies.[1] He founded the Peace Research Institute Oslo in 1959, serving as its director until 1970, and established the Journal of Peace Research in 1964. In 1969 he was appointed to the world's first chair in peace and conflict studies, at the University of Oslo. He resigned his professorship in 1977 and has since held professorships at several other universities; in 1993 he had been selected as a Distinguished Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Hawaii where he taught until 2000. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1987.

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