Special webinar: Moral foundations, moral conflict & moral injury

Wednesday November 4 2020, 12 noon to 1:30 pm EST

As a follow-on to our 2020 CMM Institute Virtual Learning Exchange, we are pleased to present a special topic webinar on the ways that CMM concepts and heuristics can help to better understand the conflict among competing and conflicting moral frameworks, and potential impact on social justice, mental health, and the enactment of democracy in our social systems and institutions.

The format we envision is to provide several short introductory presentations covering various forms of moral conflict. These may include: moral foundations theory; moral conflict and conflict resolution; metaphors of war and combat in new media (and alternative metaphors to these, such as jazz improvisation); and impact of “moral injuries” of military and veterans caused by failures to prevent harm and episodes of perceived betrayal.

We will follow this with a guided open discussion of ways that CMM theory and heuristics may be applied to identify, analyze and, where possible, re-imagine these and similar conflicts of meaning.

We are envisioning a series of short informational presentations, followed by a 30-minute dialogic exploration of the application of the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) to practical issues of moral conflict and moral injury.

Presentations planned are:

The Elephant in the Room: a Critique of Jonathan Haidt’s Moral “foundations” theory

Arthur Jensen, PhD – Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University

Moral Injury on the Front Lines of Truth article – improvisation and ante-narratives in new media

Sergej Van Middendorp, PhD – Miles Ahead Consulting, Netherlands
Rik Spann – Musicologist, Kind Of Blue Leadership

Liberal education as a moral value /mutual accommodation and adjustment – Roots of CMM in Pragmatism and systemic work

Vernon Cronen, PhD – Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Co-Founder (with W. Barnett Pearce) of CMM theory

Moral Conflict: Polarization and Intractability

Beth Fisher-Yoshida, PhD – Professor, Columbia University

Moral Injury and CMM as applied to Veterans’ Mental Health

Barton Buechner, PhD – Professor, Adler University Military Psychology Program

There is no need to pre-register, but we welcome email RSVP’s to:

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