After Violence: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the Reconstruction of Identity
Date and Time
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater
"After Violence: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the Reconstruction of Identity" by Kevin Avruch, Ph.D., Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Visiting Peace Scholar
What are Truth and Reconciliation Commissions? How are they connected to problems of transitional justice and peacebuilding in the aftermath of violence and violations of human rights? Beginning with their history and structure the lecture will move to consider the dilemmas they face in grappling with notions of truth, justice, reconciliation, apology and forgiveness while striving to support the “reconstruction” of selves and identities in the wake of individual and social trauma and suffering.
Dr. Avruch is a professor of Conflict Resolution and Anthropology in the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), and faculty and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program ( School of Public Policy), at George Mason University. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. He has taught at UCSD, the University of Illinois at Chicago and, since 1980, at GMU, where he served as coordinator of the Anthropology Program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1990-1996. In August, 2005, he became Associate Director of ICAR.