Notre Dame de Namur University Announces Libby and Len Traubman as Speakers for May 6 Commencement
Couple has promoted interfaith understanding and peace with Living Room Dialogues
For Immediate Release (3/16/2017)
Belmont, Calif.—Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) announced that Libby and Len Traubman will be the speakers at this year’s Commencement on Saturday, May 6. The graduation ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. on the university’s campus in Belmont, California.
“Libby and Len Traubman have created an inspiring model for interfaith dialogue and conflict resolution,” said NDNU President Judith Maxwell Greig. “Beginning with gatherings in their own living room twenty-five years ago, they have sparked a grassroots effort with global implications. We’re proud to host the Traubmans and to honor their efforts, which are in harmony with our university’s commitment to promote peace and justice worldwide.”
Libby and Len Traubman have started and cosponsored dozens of initiatives to create respectful communication between groups experiencing intense conflict. They began these projects more than two decades ago in their own home with a series of Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogues that continues today. They have worked internationally to foster similar exchanges, including reconciliations between Muslims and Christians in West Africa, as well as interracial dialogue in California cities. The Traubmans have produced six films to document the role of inter-group gatherings in conflict resolution. The couple has also raised funds for hospitals in both Israel and Gaza.
The Traubmans began early to integrate this life of peace building with their careers, Len as a pediatric dentist, and Libby as a clinical social worker. “We began our face-to-face dialogues after realizing that human alienation was caused more by distances than by differences between people,” explained Libby Traubman. “An enemy is one whose story we have not heard,” added Len Traubman, describing a principle behind their cross-cultural efforts.
Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.