SPRING 2022 UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS SEMINAR
Justice or Reconciliation? Building Sustainable Peace After Conflict
HNRS 310, taught by Dr. Hannah Britton, Professor of Political Science and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Time/Place: 5:30-8:00 pm on Tuesdays ♦ Nunemaker Center, Room 102
How do societies rebuild after a conflict, and how do they come to terms with their collective past and individual histories? The University Scholars will examine the various strategies countries have used to reconstruct their societies following war, genocide, unrest, and conflict. Truth commissions, criminal tribunals, and traditional healing ceremonies have been used internationally to chronicle past atrocities, to foster post-transition stability, and to create the foundation for legitimacy in a new government. Yet, not all of these processes have been sufficient in creating long-term peace. We will examine other ways societies and individuals address past conflict, illuminate legacies of inequality, and envision new futures. The University Scholars will also look beyond these processes to the role of the arts, history, and policies in post-conflict countries. We will think about the role of public health programs, community-based organizations, public sites of memory, educational initiatives, construction of infrastructure, and international actors. We will explore various strategies, their guiding values, and their long-term impact to envision and attain lasting peace.