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Institute for Conflict Studies

Turning Conflict Into Creativity

The importance of conflict studies

The Institute for Conflict Studies is designed as an interdisciplinary forum for people engaged in a wide range of professions to enhance their understanding of conflict. Participants learn about processes such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and public policy consensus building to help them identify, prevent, manage, and resolve conflicts in their everyday work and community lives.

Retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and Institute for Conflict Studies instructor Janine P. Geske, J.D., discusses the importance of conflict studies and conflict resolution.

Our Mission, Vision and Values


  • To educate participants on how to identify, prevent, manage, and resolve conflict.


  • To understand that conflict is a necessary part of collaboration.

Core Values

  • Tolerance
  • Openness
  • Participation
  • Collaboration