Donna Hicks Event

 A Public Talk with Donna Hicks

Dignity: The Role it Plays in Our Lives and Relationships

 Saturday, January 31, 2015
2:00pm – 4:00pm, with reception to follow

* The event was a big success on Saturday! *

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 "Dignity is a human phenomenon. Our desire for it is our highest common denominator. We all want it, seek it, and respond in the same way when others violate it."
– Donna Hicks

Please join us on Saturday, January 31, 2015, for an afternoon with Donna Hicks, Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and author of the groundbreaking book Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict. Drawing on experiences from her two decades in the field of international conflict resolution, Dr. Hicks will illuminate dignity’s transformative potential as a foundation for fostering harmonious relationships and building peaceful communities. This event is a continuation of the Center’s focus on the theme of human dignity, which began with our September 2014 Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. (RSVP for this free event at

In his 2013 peace proposal to the UN, Ikeda Center founder Daisaku Ikeda wrote that:

Regardless of circumstance, all people inherently possess a life-state of ultimate dignity and are in this sense fundamentally equal and endowed with limitless possibilities. When we awaken to our original worth and determine to change present realities, we become a source of hope for others. Such a perspective is, I believe, valuable not only for the challenges of constructing a culture of human rights, but also for realizing a sustainable society.

It is with this vision in mind that we are eager to continue exploring this important theme of dignity as it relates to all human relationships.


Donna HicksDonna Hicks, Ph.D., is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She has 20 years of experience facilitating dialogue between communities in conflict all over the world, including the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Cuba, and Northern Ireland. By applying the dignity model, Dr. Hicks has transformed work environments for some of the world’s most prominent companies, non-profits, and governmental agencies, including the World Bank, United Nations, US Navy, and the Senate of Columbia. As a co-host with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the BBC show Facing the Truth, Hicks was a key member of a three-part television series that brought victims and perpetrators of the Northern Ireland conflict together to find resolution. Her bestselling book, Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict, published by Yale University Press, was the New England Book Festival’s 2011 runner-up for best non-fiction title. 

For more about Donna Hicks and her work, please visit

View video clips of Dr. Hicks discussing dignity.

 Read our recent interview with Dr. Hicks, called “Dignity Is the Last Stop.”

 The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so please
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