Harvard Law School professor Martha Minow identifies a tension that every society must confront in the aftermath of political violence and oppression: “too much memory and too much forgetting.”
She contends both ends of this spectrum hold the potential to derail the possibility of forging a just and shared future. In this webinar, Minow and moderator Dr. Duncan Morrow will hold a public conversation about what it means to face the past, how to find the balance between acknowledgement and taking responsibility for injustice, while - at the same time - turning toward the possibility of transformation and social healing.
NOTE: Student attendees are invited to participate in facilitated conversation between 12:30 and 1:20 p.m., immediately following the event. Interested students may note whether they would like to participate when registering for the event. Space may be limited for these conversations. Interested students will receive a separate zoom link for this conversation.
Martha Minow has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, where her courses include civil procedure, constitutional law, fairness and privacy, family law, international criminal justice, jurisprudence, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about digital communications, democracy, privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict.
Duncan Morrow is an academic and community activist. He is currently the Director of Community Engagement at Ulster University in Belfast at a time when the University is going through its biggest-ever transformation in the city by relocating its largest campus into the centre of the city.
His interest in conflict transformation and the politics of peace and conflict have shaped both his University career and his activity outside those walls. For nine years, Duncan was Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, and since then he has worked with the Scottish Government as the chair of independent Ministerial advisory groups on tackling Sectarianism and on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion and with the Sir George Quigley Fund on a review on the evidence of ongoing Sectarianism in Northern Ireland.
Duncan has written and researched widely on conflict, community safety and policing, politics and religion and peacebuilding.
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