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  • Eric Sirotkin: 'Truth, Reconciliation and Empathic Civilization'

  • Eric Sirotkin is a human rights lawyer, group facilitator, coach and self-described peacemaker.
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  • "Eric Sirotkin is a human rights lawyer, group facilitator, coach and self-described peacemaker.
    As a mediator, he says his goal is to find "the path to reconciliation and create an opportunity to heal the conflict." He conducted trial and civil rights work for three decades and has worked with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
    Sirotkin will give a free lecture titled "Truth, Reconciliation and Empathic Civilization" based on his experiences in South Africa and North and South Korea from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Feb. 6, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute campus.
    In a process he calls "Legal Wellness," he says conflict can lead to transformation and growth.
    Sirotkin moved to Ashland permanently five years ago, after spending part of his time here for 16 years, in between living in Albuquerque, N.M., and traveling for his work to India, Peru, Cuba, France, Canada, Netherlands, Japan, Vietnam and China.
    He started the Ashland-based nonprofit Ubuntuworks Peace Education Project and was an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He also co-wrote and produced a free speech documentary called "Committing Poetry in Times of War."
    Favorite aspects about Ashland: So many people doing creative things that reflect health, love, art and a new way of looking at life. Organic co-op, theatre and people smiling.
    Career highlights: Represented sanctuary workers aiding fleeing Central America refugees in the 1980s. Traveled to South Africa to work with the African National Congress on a new constitution (1991). Was an international election observer in South Africa during Nelson Mandela's election (1994) and worked with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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