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Mark Umbreit produces film and book about forgiveness

Mark UmbreitIn conjunction with Emergence Pictures in Minnesota and the Fetzer Institute in Michigan, Dr. Mark Umbreit, director of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking in the School of Social Work, has produced a broadcast-quality 27 minute film on "Being With the Energy of Forgiveness."

The film is based on Umbreit's research and practice with homicide survivors, offenders and communities, including Native Americans and Somalis in Minneapolis, and clergy sex abuse in Milwaukee. The film features four main case stories that identify lessons learned from restorative justice dialogue with former enemies.

Later this year, Wipf and Stock Publishers in Oregon will publish Umbreit's book on the same topic. It was co-written with Jennifer Blevins, Ph.D. student and research associate with the center.

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