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One land’s work at healing can help U.S.

Man in blue shirt, John Harris
John Harris, professor in the Department of Mathematics, is faculty director of the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection.

John Harris, a Furman University mathematics professor, proffers a mathematical approach for solving problems of social and political unrest in the U.S. in an opinion piece he wrote for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Following the rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Harris reflects on a trip he took in 2015 to Corrymeela, a reconciliation center in Northern Ireland known for bringing together “the most bitter of enemies.” Citing the long-held rift between Catholics and Protestants during The Troubles and the progress factions have made since, Harris says the U.S. can take a page from the Corrymeela playbook for navigating a way forward and mending divisions in our nation.

Harris, a graduate of Furman University and Emory University, is faculty director of  Furman’s Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection.

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