Global Summit on Repair, Reconstruction, and Restoration

May 6, 2021
Global Summit on Repair, Reconstruction, and Restoration

Thursday 6th May 2021

9:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT
6:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT
8:00 am - 2:30 pm CDT
8:00 am - 2:30 pm COT
2:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm CEST
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm SAST

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Global Summit on Repair, Reconstruction, and Restoration

How do we restore democracy? How do we redress the violent past and its legacies? How do we reconstruct society and repair what is broken? How do we build trust and relationships in the wake of division and unacknowledged injustice? People around the world are asking these questions, and there is much that we can learn from each other.

Please join us for a virtual global summit where we will explore some of the processes that have been used and are being developed in countries around the world, including South Africa, Germany, Colombia, Northern Ireland, Canada, the United States, and France, to establish accountability, build democracy, nurture peace, and promote inclusion, justice, and equity. We will be joined by scholars, educational and civil society leaders, artists, and educators from around the world, including our Holtzmann Family Scholars, Artist, and Poet in Residence. This will be an opportunity to learn, reflect, and explore the tools we might draw upon as we imagine the meaning of repair.



Event Details

This free event will take place online on Thursday, 6th May at 9:00am - 3:30pm EDT (check the timing in your time zone). The event will include full-group live streamed sessions and smaller breakout sessions throughout the day. You are welcome to join for a single session, or as many as you like.

See the List of Sessions


Lead Facilitator

Karen L. Murphy, Ph.D., is the Director of International Strategy for Facing History and Ourselves. Murphy manages Facing History’s work and the development of partnerships in countries outside the United States and Canada. She is also part of Facing History's senior program and thought leadership teams. She has a special interest in countries emerging from mass violence and/or in transition to democracy and divided societies with identity based conflicts. She has researched, written about, and worked on the ground in several countries, including Bosnia, Colombia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, France, the United States, and South Africa. Murphy has also published journal articles, presented papers, and lectured on the often-neglected role of education in transitional justice processes. She is the co-author of the Children’s Report for the Kenya Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and has chapters in the recently published Education and Transitional Justice: Opportunities and Challenges for Peacebuilding and International Perspectives on Peace Education.


Holtzmann Family Scholars, Artist, and Poet in Residence

Karine Duhamel is Anishinaabe-Métis and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University and a master's degree and PhD in History from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Duhamel served as Director of Research for the historic National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, drafting the Final Report as well as managing its Forensic Document Review Project and Legacy Archive. Dr. Duhamel is now working full time on the National Action Plan that is coming out of the National Inquiry process. Working with Indigenous leadership as well as grassroots groups and family members, she is hoping to assist in promoting justice for MMIWG family members. Karine Duhamel is also an active member of several boards and committees including the International Council of Museums (ICOM) - Canada, the International Council of Archives Experts' Group on Indigenous Matters, the Canadian Historical Association and Facing History and Ourselves.

Karlos K. Hill is the author of three groundbreaking books: Beyond The Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory, The Murder of Emmett Till: A Graphic History, and The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History. Dr. Hill founded the Tulsa Race Massacre Oklahoma Teacher’s Institute to support teaching the history of the race massacre to thousands of middle school and high school students. Dr. Hill also serves on the boards of the Clara Luper Legacy Committee and the Board of Scholars for Facing History and Ourselves, and is actively engaged on other community initiatives working toward racial reconciliation.

Martha Minow is the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard Law School. She served as Dean of Harvard Law School between 2009-2017. Minow is an expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities. Minow serves on the Board of Scholars for Facing History and Ourselves.

Susan Neiman was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She studied philosophy at Harvard and the Freie Universität Berlin, and was professor of philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv University, before becoming director of the Einstein Forum in 2000.  Neiman is the author of eight books cwhich have been translated into many languages, most recently Learning from the Germans:  Race and the Memory of Evil. She is the mother of three grown children, and lives in Berlin.

Themba Lonzi lives in Gugulethu, a township in Cape Town. He is a musician, actor, community organizer, activist, and a reconciliation practitioner. Themba was a teenager during the years of South African Apartheid, and was present at many protests and marches. He remembers his youth as an angry time where he was forced to grow up very fast and without many options that were not violent. His path towards reconciliation was paved through his work in the arts, where he found a means to channel his anger at first, and later his compassion. Themba has a long relationship with Facing History and Ourselves and has helped facilitate numerous Facing History programs in South Africa for teachers and students.

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian whose work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. He is the author of four books of poetry and prose: Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, In the Shelter, Sorry for your Troubles, and Readings from the Books of Exile. He presents the podcast Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios, where he also has responsibilities in bringing art and theology into public and civic life. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. He is based in Ireland.

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May 6, 2021
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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