Morton Deutsch

Many people are working to overcome today’s cultural divisions, living into Jackie DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

Morton Deutsch (1920-2017) was on the faculty of the Teachers College at Columbia University for 54 years. In 1986 Deutsch founded TC’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (which now bears his name) to unite conflict resolution theory with real-world practice. His research helped shape many diverse decisions, such as Brown v. Topeka Board of Education (1954) and Poland’s peaceful transition from communist rule (1989).

His New York Times obituary noted that a year after firing his MIT research assistant Lydia Shapiro, they wed. “In our 60 years of marriage,” he said, “I have had splendid opportunities to study conflict as a participant observer.”

He said, “We’re all human beings living in this unique neighborhood, our planet, in this universe.”  

Morton Deutsch, from Teachers College Archives

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