Dr. Laurie Mulvey creates classroom spaces that revolve around students rather than lesson plans, where individuals can discover their own questions and respond fully to the challenges of divergent views. Because she is fascinated by the quality of learning that occurs in these spaces, she has been refining a pedagogical approach that builds on this process for more than twenty-five years. Her passion for cross-cultural dialogue and collaborative critical thinking has emerged directly out of what she has observed in this kind of classroom: Listening changes minds and sharing personal stories changes hearts. In combination, these kinds of experiences transform perspectives.
As a co-founder of World in Conversation, Dr. Mulvey’s vision has infused every aspect of the Center. Under her leadership, World in Conversation has become the largest university-based cross-cultural dialogue program in the United States. In addition, her innovative Social Conflict course inspired the Center’s global (virtual) dialogues which have attracted the interest of partners such as UNDP and NATO, along with local and regional organizations in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Denmark, Bulgaria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Germany and Thailand (and the list is growing).
Dr. Mulvey has a Master's degree in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Human Development—which means she is devoted to how people navigate, grow and heal throughout the lifespan, and how all of this occurs in the context of relationships, family, small groups, cultures and societies.