The Stanley Hank Marx Lecture Series
Wayne State University’s Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution program, in the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Art’s Department of Communication, proudly hosts the annual Stanley "Hank" Marx Lecture series in Dispute Resolution.
Hank Marx died peacefully early Sunday morning, October 21, 2007.
As Hank's wife Sue noted, Hank was "the most gentle, kindest and delicious
man". All of those who spoke at Hank's funeral on October 22 echoed this
sentiment and every person in chapel nodded and smiled when yet another
example of Hank's caring, love for life, sense of humor and passion for peace
was shared. Another word I would use to describe Hank was that he was
generousŠwith his time, his commitment, his resources, and his tremendous
capacity for caring.
Hank was a huge fan of people and their potential for greatness. One of the gifts that Hank had was his ability to be fully engaged with whomever he was talking. When you talked to Hank, you felt acknowledged and recognized; he saw in you the amazing person that you are and you come to recognizeand believe that about yourself. You were inspired. I think that is one of the reasons that Hank was much sought after as a mediator, because he recognized each person fully in that moment. Another reason was that Hank honors the connections that we have to one another; that it is together we succeed.
While Hank is no longer with us in body, his spirit will live on in the lecture series that was set up by his family and supported by the University. This series will continue to honor Hank's passion for enhancing people's relationships to one another, for dealing constructively with conflict and to provide another means by which people's hearts and minds could be engaged in thinking and being ourselves into greatness.
Stanley Henry Marx was a long time Detroiter and businessman and a committed student of continuing education with Wayne State. When he retired in the late ‘80s, Marx became interested in issues of non-violence and dispute resolution working as a mediator for several Southeast Michigan counties as well as government agencies. He worked to complete his master’s degree in Wayne State’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, with a major in conflict resolution.
Previous Key Note Speakers
"Building Peaceful Communities: What is the Work?"
"Making Peace Online: Dispute Resolution & the Future of the Internet"
EBay and PayPal generate more than 60 million disputes a year, in more than a dozen languages. That’s a lot of disputes. But it’s only the tip of the iceberg in the total number of online issues that need resolution. Business-to-business and Business-to-consumer eCommerce is growing rapidly, which in turn is generating many millions of online disputes. Most of these disputes are not over very large amounts of money; they can be for as little as $5. But online disputants are just as passionate about their disagreements as face-to-face disputants, and because they are spread all over the world, their disputes can involve cultural misunderstandings, language barriers, and class differences. Come hear Colin Rule, eBay and PayPal’s first Director of Online Dispute Resolution, and author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, discuss the challenges of resolving disputes in cyberspace and what useful lessons can be drawn for the practice of dispute resolution more broadly.
"Reflections on 50 Years of Dispute Resolution in Congress"
The talk was concluded by a brief audience question and answer period and was followed by a reception in the Italian Room of the General Lectures Hall, where students, faculty, and staff talked with prominent public officials.
For more about Congressman Dingell, visit his website.