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<xTITLE> Great Reads Book Club - Bernard Mayer & Jacqueline Font-Guzman, interviewed by Michelle LeBaron</xTITLE> Great Reads Book Club - Bernard Mayer & Jacqueline Font-Guzman, interviewed by Michelle LeBaron

by Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, Michelle LeBaron, Bernard Mayer
April 2022

Recording of the tenth episode of's Great Reads Book Club: Bernard S. Mayer and Jacqueline Font-Guzman talking about their book "The Neutrality Trap: Disrupting and Connecting for Social Change," hosted by Michelle LeBaron - Recorded: April 24, 2022



Jacqueline Font-Guzmán

Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán (Jackie) serves as the inaugural executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), president's office. She is also a tenured professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Jackie has actively participated in the fields of conflict, peacebuilding studies, and DEI through national and international conferences/workshops. She has conducted a wide variety of trainings and seminars throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America. As part of her international practice and experience, she has provided mediation, facilitation, and consulting services to organizations including the World Health Organization, U.S. Postal Service, Judicial Academy of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, Spain Supreme Court Judicial Council for Continuous Education for Judges, Venezuela Supreme Court, Johnson & Johnson, Raytheon Company, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Nebraska Bar Association.

Jackie is a Fulbright scholar and her research interests include the following:

  • Qualitative research with a focus on the fields of healthcare disparities, interprofessional collaborations, law, citizenship, and conflict engagement. Specifically, how people construct meaning at critical points in their lives to explore the manners in which meaning-making leads them to productively engage with conflict
  • How marginalized individuals create alternate stories and counter-narratives to transform (or dismantle) institutional/structural injustices
  • Caribbean Studies, Colonialism, Healthcare Disparities, and Identity

Professor Michelle LeBaron is a conflict transformation scholar/practitioner at the UBC Allard School of Law in Vancouver, Canada. Concerned with how theory and practice inform each other, she has made seminal contributions to dispute resolution pedagogy and practice and has given many international keynotes including in South Africa and Ireland. Michelle has published widely on the arts and conflict transformation. Recent books include Changing Our Worlds: Art as Transformative Practice and The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience.

Bernard Mayer
Bernie Mayer, Ph.D., has provided conflict intervention for families, communities, NGO’s, unions, corporations, and governmental agencies throughout North America and internationally for over 40 years. He is Professor Emeritus of Conflict Studies, Program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Creighton University and a founding partner of CDR Associates. Bernie’s newest book (with Jacqueline Font-Guzmán), The Neutrality Trap: from Constructive Engagement to Strategic Disruption in Social Conflict, was published in early 2022.  Previous books include: The Conflict Paradox, Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes, The Dynamics of Conflict, Beyond Neutrality, and Staying With Conflict.