25 November 2015

Reconciliation After War and Atrocity

For the week of November 29, 2015

Alejandro Baer is Associate Professor of Sociology and Feinstein Chair and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Catherine Guisan is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science. As part of the University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenge initiative, Baer and Guisan teach a course titled “Beyond War and Atrocity: Reconciliation and Justice.” They discuss the topics covered in the class and complexities of finding peace and justice for victims.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:17) Definitions of political reconciliation; (3:33) Examples of reconciliation including Rwanda and cases that still need to be addressed like Israel and Palestine; (5:05) The process of reconciliation and the Hannah Arendt’s definition of forgiveness; (6:48) Circumstances, culture and religion all play a major role in the process of reconciliation; (8:42) The need for justice and the need for peace; (10:22) How we reflect on reconciliation efforts; (13:05) Perpetrators should acknowledge the truth and ask for forgiveness
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:34) Whether we can measure the success of reconciliation; (2:06) US Dakota War reconciliation in Minnesota; (4:25) Addressing the argument that victims should “move on;” and, the need for the Twin Cities to reconcile after the destruction of the Rondo neighborhood; (8:00) The controversy at the U of M over a 9/11 tribute; (10:50) Protests in Minneapolis after the shooting of Jamar Clark – how the community can begin to reconcile