HLS Professor Roger Fisher dies

first_imgRoger D. Fisher ’43, LL.B. ’ 48, co-author of the perennial best-selling book “Getting to Yes” and the Williston Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard University, died Aug. 25 in Hanover, N.H. He was 90 years old.Fisher was a pioneer in the field of international law and negotiation and the co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project. A professor at Harvard Law School for more than four decades, Fisher established negotiation and conflict resolution as a single field deserving academic study and devoted his career to challenging students and colleagues alike to explore alternative methods of dispute resolution.Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow said: “Harvard Law School has been profoundly privileged to count Roger Fisher as a treasured colleague, teacher, and leader; the countless problems he solved, lives he changed, and negotiations he led or inspired are an awe-inspiring legacy.”Through analysis and writing, Fisher’s work laid the foundation on which much of the field of negotiation and conflict resolution has been based. His best-selling book, “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Without Giving In” (co-authored with William Ury in 1981), has been translated into 23 languages and has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Prior to the publication of “Getting to Yes,” there were almost no regular courses in negotiation taught at academic institutions. Now there are hundreds, if not thousands, of courses devoted to negotiation.“Through his writings and teaching, Roger Fisher’s seminal contributions literally changed the way millions of people around the world approach negotiation and dispute resolution,” said HLS Professor Robert Mnookin ’68, chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project (HNP). “He taught that conflict is not simply a ‘zero-sum’ game in which a fixed pie is simply divided through haggling or threats. Instead, he showed how by exploring underlying interests and being imaginative, parties could often expand the pie and create value.”In 1979, Fisher co-founded the Harvard Negotiation Project with Ury and Bruce Patton ’84, serving as the director. HNP’s mission is “to improve the theory and practice of conflict resolution and negotiation by working on real-world conflict intervention, theory building, education and training, and writing and disseminating new ideas.”Patton, who co-wrote the 1991 edition of “Getting to Yes” and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project, said Fisher’s legacy was much broader than his work on negotiation. “Roger sought to build a systematic toolbox for analyzing and diagnosing the causes of any disliked situation and finding practical, effective ways to move it toward a preferred state. Like a hard scientist, Roger believed that one could not build such tools (or teach them effectively) without being able to test and refine them in the crucible of practice.”According to Patton, Fisher’s efforts contributed directly and materially to multiple steps toward peace in the Middle East, including Sadat’s trip to Jerusalem, and the Camp David summit that led to an Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty; peace in Central America and especially in El Salvador; the resolution of the longest-running war in the Western Hemisphere between Ecuador and Peru; the breakthrough that enabled resolution of the Iranian hostage conflict in 1980; a fundamental reshaping of the U.S.-Soviet relationship; and the negotiations and constitutional process that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa. (Read the full text of Pattons’ tribute here.) Fisher is also recognized as the intellectual father of the “West Point Negotiation Project,” which has trained Army officers and cadets to recognize conflicts and apply the tools of principled negotiation in both peace and war.Ury, a mediator for more than 30 years, said Fisher had a tremendous influence on students and colleagues. Ury said his own future was shaped by a seminal phone call from Fisher in 1977. As a graduate student in social anthropology, Ury received a call from Fisher praising Ury on his research paper, which proposed an anthropological study of the Middle East peace negotiations. Fisher told Ury that he liked his paper so much he sent it to the assistant secretary of state for the Middle East, and wanted Ury to work with him.“I was stunned. Never had I expected a professor to call me up, let alone invite me to collaborate, or see one of my ideas offered up for practical application,” said Ury. “Roger introduced me to the field of negotiation, taught and mentored me, and shaped my career more than anyone. It would be impossible for me to imagine my work without the inspiration and influence of Roger Fisher.“Robert C. Bordone ’97, the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law and the director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, said: “Roger was a master at the art of perspective-taking, of understanding how deep human needs — to be heard, valued, respected, autonomous, and safe — when unmet or trampled upon, become seeds of evil and violence, seeds that can cause us to vilify each other, and that motivate us to see the world in stark black-and-white terms. For Roger, the purpose of perspective-taking was never to excuse or justify evil. Rather, it was a way to discover new approaches to diplomacy, to influence and to understanding.”During World War II, Fisher served in the U.S. Army Air Force in the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters as a weather reconnaissance observer. After discovering that his college roommate and two of his best friends were killed in the war, he dedicated most of his life to finding a better way to deal with the kind of differences that produce war.Fifty years after his graduation from Harvard College in 1943, Fisher wrote for his Class Report: “Since our freshman year, beginning in the fall of 1939 with World War II, the primary focus of my interest has been how the world copes with its conflicting values, perceptions, wants, and needs. After losing my roommate and some of my best friends in war, I knew we had to find a better way for people to deal with their differences.”After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1948, Fisher passed up a clerkship for Chief Judge Learned Hand of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to move to Paris, where he worked on the Marshall Plan under W. Averell Harriman until 1949.After returning to the United States, Fisher worked for the Washington, D.C., law firm Covington & Burling from 1950 to 1956, with most of his work dealing with international issues. From 1956 to 1958, he served as an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general in the Department of Justice. In 1957, Fisher argued for the United States in Roth v. United States, a landmark obscenity case, and won.Fisher joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 1958 and became a full professor of law in 1960. In 1976, he became the Samuel Williston Professor of Law. In 1992, he was named a professor emeritus. He also taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the London School of Economics, the Naval War College, Air War College, and the NATO Defense College.During the 1960s, he served as a consultant to John McNaughton, assistant U.S. secretary of defense for international security affairs. Some of his suggestions for ways to end U.S. involvement in Vietnam are documented in “The Pentagon Papers.” Fisher went on to publish a critique of U.S. policy failures in Vietnam in his 1969 book “International Conflict for Beginners.”A strong advocate for using the medium of television as a means to disseminate both legal issues and current events to a broader audience, Fisher proposed the Peabody Award-winning television program “The Advocates” in 1969. The program focused on “stimulating public participation, and understanding, by focusing on realistic choices that must be made in the future, by having both sides of the question presented, and by demonstrating the interest that public officials have in both reasoned arguments and the views of their constituents.” Fisher served as executive producer from 1969 to 1974, and then again from 1978 to1979.In 1970, in connection with a segment of “The Advocates,” Fisher became the last Westerner to interview President Nasser of Egypt, and his questions elicited from Nasser an unexpected willingness to accept a ceasefire with Israel in the “war of attrition” then raging along the Suez Canal. Fisher brought the interview to the attention of Undersecretary of State Elliot Richardson ’47 and thus helped stimulate what became known as the Rogers Plan (named for Nixon’s Secretary of State William Pierce Rogers), which ultimately produced a ceasefire.Through the consulting firms of Conflict Management Inc. and Vantage Partners, and with the nonprofit Conflict Management Group (now part of Mercy Corps), which he co-founded, Fisher taught and advised corporate executives, labor leaders, attorneys, diplomats, and military and government officials on settlement and negotiation strategy.This past April, Fisher was honored for his contributions to Harvard Law School and the field of negotiation with a celebration of his career there. The event also marked the opening of his papers in the Harvard Law School Library’s Historical and Special Collections. The papers, spanning 60 years of Fisher’s career as a lawyer and an academic, include such diverse materials as notes related to his books, as well as his work on the television series “The Advocates.”(See Fisher’s complete bibliography here.)For 62 years, Fisher was married to Caroline McMurtrie Speer, who died in 2010. He is survived by his two sons, Elliott S. Fisher (Harvard College ’74, Harvard Medical School, M.D. ’81, University of Washington, M.P.H. ’85), professor of medicine and director for population health and policy at The Dartmouth Institute; and Peter R. Fisher (Harvard College ’80, Harvard Law School, J.D. ’85), who worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as undersecretary of the treasury, and is now senior managing director of BlackRock. He is also survived by two brothers, John V. Fisher (Harvard College, S.B. ’42) and Francis D. Fisher (Harvard College, A.B. ’47, Harvard Law School, J.D. ’51), and five grandchildren.In 2002, at a celebration in honor of Fisher’s 80th birthday at Harvard, the late economist John Kenneth Galbraith said of his friend and colleague: “Whenever I thought, ‘Someone should do something about this,’ it eased my conscience to learn that Roger was already working on it.”A memorial service honoring Fisher’s life, work, and memory will be held on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in Appleton Chapel at the Memorial Church in Harvard Yard.last_img read more

Badgers skate to tie vs. top-ranked Denver

first_imgSenior forward and tri-captain Blake Geoffrion netted two goals in the third-ranked Badgers\’ 3-3 tie with No. 1 Denver at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]All it took was one goal Friday night for the third-ranked Badgers to get going.Unfortunately for head coach Mike Eaves’ squad, however, the momentum they built over a four-minute stretch in the third period did not prove to be enough as Wisconsin skated to a 3-3 tie with No. 1 Denver at the Kohl Center.Still, the tie was a positive result for Eaves and the Badgers.“I think the result was what you might expect from two top college teams in the hockey world,” Eaves said. “It was an interesting game. I thought that we came out and played pretty well. … It was fun to see us get the momentum going a little bit.”For the first 45 minutes, though, the game was all Denver.After both teams went scoreless for more than 16 minutes, Pioneers forward Joe Colborne netted a power play goal to give DU the 1-0 lead. They would maintain that lead for the next 25-plus minutes before extending it to 2-0 less than two minutes into the third period.At that point, UW appeared to be headed for a disappointing home loss to the nation’s top team. Just three minutes later, however, the game completely turned around.At the 4:31 mark of the period, senior forward and tri-captain Blake Geoffrion tipped in a strong wrist shot from fellow senior Michael Davies to cut the margin in half and ignite the announced crowd of 12,603.When the puck hit the net, it was clear the game was far from over.“After their first goal, the building started rocking again,” DU forward Anthony Maiani said. “You knew they were going to get momentum going and it’s a tough thing to do. … It was tough, they took us right out of it.”Not only did Geoffrion’s 16th goal of the season get the Badgers on the board, it also broke DU goalie Marc Cheverie’s shutout streak of more than 180 minutes against UW.Once that happened, Wisconsin knew it could score on the Nova Scotia native.“I think it was good for our confidence,” Geoffrion said. “It was just good to finally see a puck get by.”Wisconsin’s second goal came less than three minutes later at the 7:15 mark when Davies put in his own goal this time, on a pass behind Cheverie, who left the net wide open on his right side.Davies’ goal tied it up and the cardinal and red clad crowd erupted. Less than 90 seconds later, they would have even more to cheer for.At the 8:43 mark, Geoffrion struck again, thanks in large part to an excellent feed from the left side by sophomore forward Jordy Murray. When Geoffrion netted the goal to put UW ahead 3-2, the noise was deafening in the Kohl Center.According to Cheverie, the Pioneers seemed to let up after taking the 2-0 lead early in the third.“That’s our story all year long, we let up,” he said. “We sat back and you know, you can’t do that at this level, especially on the road against a team like Wisconsin. They’re going to make you pay if you do that.”Yet, the game’s fifth goal was still far from the end.A little more than nine minutes later, Denver tied things up with a goal from Maiani, which eventually sent the game into overtime.Both teams had plenty of chances to score in the game’s final two minutes of regulation and the overtime period, but the goalies for the Badgers and Pioneers stepped up to end it 3-3.While both Wisconsin and Denver may be a bit fortunate to get the tie in their own ways, it was still a bittersweet feeling.“You never feel good about a tie,” Cheverie said. “But we were lucky to get back in that game.”last_img read more

Cameroon need four points to avoid doom – Broos

first_imgThe “Pharaohs” have six points and the “Black Stars” only one with upstarts Uganda between them on four.Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah called up long-time campaigners like the Ayew brothers, Andre and Jordan, and Asamoah Gyan, and also named five uncapped players.Egypt are away to Uganda Thursday in a repeat of a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group match in Gabon won 1-0 by the north Africans thanks to a last-gasp Abdallah Said goal.Said is in the squad, and so is 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, as Egypt seek a win after losing the 2017 Nations Cup final to Cameroon and a 2019 qualifier in Tunisia.South Africa accept that hopes of a fourth World Cup appearance could hinge on defeating Cape Verde twice in Group D, starting in Praia Friday.Although an often windy national stadium can help the Cape Verdean “Blue Sharks”, they have lost competitive matches there against Morocco, Libya and Uganda since last year.Burkina Faso, who lead South Africa on goal difference, are away Saturday in Dakar to Senegal, whose formidable attack boasts in-form Liverpool winger Sadio Mane.Gabon will lack 2015 African Footballer of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when they host Group C pacesetters the Ivory Coast in Libreville Saturday.Asked why the Borussia Dortmund striker was missing, a Gabonese football official said: “The coach (Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho) has chosen players who were available.”Ivory Coast have four points, Gabon and Morocco two and Mali one with the Herve Renard-coached Moroccans hosting the Malians in Rabat Friday.Group A appears to be a straight fight between Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo after they defeated Guinea and Libya in previous rounds.The first top-of-the-table meeting is set for Friday in Rades and the Congolese will be handicapped by the absence of injured Everton flier Yannick Bolasie.Share on: WhatsApp Cameroon team at AFCONJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Cameroon coach Hugo Broos admits their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign is doomed if they do not take at least four points off Nigeria in back-to-back clashes.The Group B rivals meet in southeastern Nigerian city Uyo this Friday and in Cameroonian capital Yaounde three days later.Nigeria top the African “group of death” with six points after two rounds, African champions Cameroon have two and Zambia and Algeria one.“If we still want to have a chance of qualifying, we must take at least four points off Nigeria,” the Belgian told reporters.“Should we fail to achieve that target, I do not think it will be possible to qualify for Russia.”Broos is hoping for an away draw and a home victory — results that would reduce the gap between the countries to one point.The remaining two qualifying rounds are scheduled for October and November with only the five group winners in Africa securing places at the global football showcase.“My players need little or no reminding of how important the matches against Cameroon are,” said Germany-born Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.While Nigeria were fast out of the blocks late last year to defeat Zambia and Algeria, Cameroon did well to draw in Algeria only to be held at home by Zambia.Bottom-of-the-table Algeria dumped midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, a recent Galatasaray signing from West Ham United, for a must-win showdown with Zambia in Lusaka Saturday.Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria qualified for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments, but only one of the three countries can make it to Russia.Ayew celebrates at AFCON. Ghana will need similar magic in their must-win game against CongoGhana seek crucial pointsGhana, seeking a fourth consecutive World Cup appearance, host Congo Brazzaville in Kumasi Friday needing maximum points to have any realistic hope of overtaking Group E leaders Egypt.last_img read more

England Golf pledges support to The R&A’s Women’s Charter

first_img Tags: Women in Golf Charter England Golf has become one of the first signatories to The R&A’s new Women in Golf Charter, pledging to get more women and girls playing, working and volunteering in golf.The Charter was launched today and aims to inspire an industry-wide commitment to a more inclusive culture, enabling women and girls to flourish and reach their potential at all levels of the sport.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink, who was a guest speaker at the launch, commented: “We are delighted to pledge our support to The R&A’s Charter. Growing the women and girls’ game is central to our strategy and we want to bring about real change in golf, with greater gender diversity at every level of the sport.“It’s clear there is a huge appetite for golf among women and girls. It is up to us to welcome them into the game and show it truly is a sport for all.”England Golf’s commitment is highlighted within its own organisation where 51% of the staff, 30% of the Board and 25% of the senior management team are female.The over-arching theme of its strategy, Growing the Game of Golf in England, is to get more women and girls into golf.Successful initiatives include Girls Golf Rocks which is running in 21 counties and has attracted 1600 girls to try the sport so far this season – with some results still to come in. That’s up by 84% on last year.The Get into Golf campaign attracted 40% female participation last year and has just been relaunched with a bold, modern look designed to appeal to a younger female audience.Women who have taken Get into Golf courses are able to enjoy a growing number of playing days to increase their confidence on the course. Last year, Women on Par attracted over 300 women in three counties. This year, it’s running in eight counties and involving 50 golf clubs, which are all hosting events.At elite level, England has won the European team championship for the past two years. So far this season there have been individual wins for Bel Wardle at the Portuguese amateur and Lily May Humphreys at the Scottish stroke play while five players have been selected to represent GB&I in the forthcoming Curtis Cup at Quaker Ridge, New York.The Women in Golf Charter specifically aims to:• Strengthen the focus on gender balance and provide a united position for the golf industry• Commit national federations and organisations to support measures targeted at increasing participation of women, girls and families in golf• Call on signatories to take positive action to support the recruitment, retention and progression of women working at all levels of the sport• Set individual targets for national federations for participation and membership and annual reporting of progress• Develop an inclusive environment for women and girls within golfAt the launch at The View from The Shard in London, Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “We are asking the golf industry to recognise the real importance of increasing the number of women and girls playing golf and empowering more women to enjoy successful careers at all levels of the sport.“The Charter is a strong statement of intent from the golf industry that it has to change and a commitment on behalf of all of us to take measures designed to achieve positive change for women, girls and families. This is crucial to growing participation in the sport in the years ahead.”Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, added: “We are committed to creating an environment where women and girls can succeed at every level of sport.“Interest in women’s sports is at an all-time high, with increased global interest and record attendances. I welcome The R&A’s strong commitment to encourage more women into golf and nurture future generations of talent.”Among the organisations joining England Golf to pledge support to the Charter were the European Tour, the Ladies’ European Tour, the European Golf Association, the Professional Golfers’ Association, the European Disability Golf Association, Golf Australia, Golf Canada, the Golfing Union of Ireland, England Golf, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and Scottish Golf.The launch was hosted by renowned sports broadcaster Hazel Irvine and the event also featured presentations and panel discussions with guest speakers. Alongside Nick Pink were Sky Sports’ Golf Presenter Sarah Stirk, Chyloe Kurdas, National Female Participation Manager at Golf Australia, and Liz Dimmock, Founder of Moving Ahead. Caption: Speakers Chyloe Kurdas (Golf Australia), Hazel Irvine (BBC), Sarah Stirk (Sky Sports), Nick Pink (England Golf), Liz Dimmock (Moving Ahead) and Martin Slumbers (The R&A) at the launch of the Women in Golf Charter staged at The View from the Shard, London.Caption, from left:  Chyloe Kurdas, Hazel Irvine, Sarah Stirk, Nick Pink, Liz Dimmock and Martin Slumbers. (Image copyright The R&A/Getty Images)center_img 29 May 2018 England Golf pledges support to The R&A’s Women’s Charter last_img read more

Community Youth Services Among 5 Non-Profits to Receive Washington Women’s Foundation…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Community Youth ServicesWashington Women’s Foundation has announced grant awards to five nonprofit organizations totaling $500,000. Overall Foundation giving since 1996 now totals over $14 million, both through individual grants of $1,000 each and through Pooled Fund Grants of $50,000 – $100,000.“Reaching $14 million in cumulative grants is a testament to the power and leverage of our collective giving model,” said Carla Lewis, President of Washington Women’s Foundation. “Our members have combined their resources, their knowledge and their passion for improving our community to make a significant philanthropic impact across our state.”Pooled Fund Grants were awarded in each of the Foundation’s five giving areas: Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services.  Here’s a closer look at the award-winning organizations and the purpose of the grant funds:Shunpike: $100,000 to upgrade technology infrastructure, deliver programs more efficiently, and implement new methods of evaluation in order to provide more effective fiscal management services for artists and arts groups throughout Washington.The Martinez Foundation: $100,000 to expand partnerships with universities in Washington and bring more teachers of color to the state’s most culturally diverse and poverty-impacted school districts.Conservation Northwest: $100,000 to support the Working For Wildlife project, which aims to conserve land, restore habitats, and construct wildlife underpasses for safer migrations across Washington’s Highway 97.Open Arms Perinatal Services: $100,000 to hire more doulas for the Birth Doula Services and Outreach Doula programs, which help low-income new mothers and babies to establish a strong foundation for their future.Community Youth Services: $100,000 to provide food, daytime and overnight refuge, clothing, and referrals at Young Adult Shelter and Rosie’s Place, two shelters serving homeless youth in Thurston County.These awards were presented before a capacity crowd at the Foundation’s annual Grant Awards Celebration, held June 11th at the Northwest African American Museum. There was also a celebratory toast to acknowledge and thank Carla Lewis, President of Washington Women’s Foundation, who will be stepping down from her position in late August. The event was generously sponsored by The Hall Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.Washington Women’s Foundation also presents a WWF Merit Award to the five finalists who were not awarded the Pooled Fund Grants. The Merit Award is in recognition of the Grant Committee’s strong endorsement of these organizations and includes a $2,000 grant in appreciation for the time and effort invested in WWF’s rigorous grant process. The 2014 Merit Awardees are: Seattle Globalist, Wellspring Family Services, Northwest Natural Resource Group, Yoga Behind Bars and Low Income Housing Institute.In addition to combining their giving dollars for the Pooled Fund Grants, Washington Women’s Foundation members will distribute an additional $500,000 this year in Individual Grants to nonprofits of their choice as part of their annual membership contribution. Total Foundation giving for 2014 alone will surpass $1 million.About Washington Women’s Foundation The mission of Washington Women’s Foundation is to educate and expand the number of women engaged in philanthropy, and to build and strengthen community through individual and large impact grants. The Foundation’s members, now more than 500 strong, have invested $14 million of their own resources in nonprofit organizations in the last 19 years. Membership is open to all women interested in philanthropy. For more information, visit www.wawomensfoundation.org.last_img read more