RISING Baltimore: Managing Tensions in Communities

RISING BALTIMORE, Managing Tensions in Communities

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will host a cutting-edge symposium with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University (United Kingdom) on Oct. 23-25 at the UMB campus in Baltimore. The meeting will include public and by-invitation events.

The symposium, titles RISING Baltimore: Managing Tensions in Communities, is co-sponsored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School, the UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives, and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. The two-day event will be based on the famous RISING Global Peace Forum held in the iconic city of Coventry, England, where the old cathedral ruins and rebuilt modern cathedral are considered icons of reconciliation around the world. The RISING forums held in Coventry bring together global leaders, practitioners, and advocates working for peace with brave and creative ideas. 

This will be the first RISING Baltimore meeting.  

Purpose of Symposium

The purpose of the working symposium is to share community engagement strategies across communities and professions, between universities and communities, and across borders. Participants include Baltimore community members and community-engaged faculty from UMB’s seven professional schools. Participants will tackle such issues as: 

  • What are the most effective evidence-based solutions to address community tensions?
  • What strategy has worked well in your community or through your community engagement that should be shared with symposium colleagues from Coventry and Baltimore?
  • What are enduring frustrations in your community or in your community engagement efforts that could benefit from new ideas from symposium colleagues at Coventry and Baltimore?


Monday, Oct. 23 (open to the public)

5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Westminster Hall, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Keynote lecture and discussion, “Building cohesion in deeply divided societies,” by Lord John Thomas Alderdice, U.K. Parliament, and introduced by Jay Perman, MD, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore

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6 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Reception in Westminster Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 24 (by invitation only)

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Krongard Boardroom, UM Carey School of Law
500 W. Baltimore St., Room 106

Wednesday, Oct. 25 (by invitation only)

8 a.m.-noon

The Baltimore Tour: The Real B’more Story
The tour begins at the SMC Campus Center and ends at the UMB Community Engagement Center

Symposium speakers include:

Roger Ward, University of Maryland Baltimore Chief Accountability Officer, Vice President of Operations and Planning, Vice Dean of the Graduate School

Mike Hardy, Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations, Coventry University

Bishop Frank M. Reid III, African Methodist Church

David Perry, Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois Chicago and former Director, Great Cities Institute

Sinead Ouillon, Programme Leader, the Coventry City University Initiative, Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations

Michael Pinard and Professor Renée Hutchins, Co-Directors, Maryland Carey Law Clinical Law Program

Harris Beider, Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Bronwyn Mayden, Professor and Assistant Dean, UMB School of Social Work

Susan M. Wozenski, Assistant Professor and Vice Chair, Family Community Health Program, University of Maryland School of Nursing

John Cuddihy, Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

David McIlhatton, Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Community panel moderated by Ashley Valis, Executive Director, UMB Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, include:

Major Sheree Briscoe, Baltimore Police Department

DeJuan Patterson, PATIENTS Program

Michael Seipp, Executive Director, South West Partnership

J.R. Lee, South West Partnership Public Safety Committee Chair

Erika Alston-Buck, Penn North Recovery


For more information, contact Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM, Executive Director of the UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives, at virginia.rowthorn@umaryland.edu.

Written work developed by the participants will be published in the Carey School of Law’s Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class.