The Past Is Never Dead:
Confronting History in Divided Societies
How do nations come to terms with their pasts? Are there lessons we can learn from past efforts and emerging insights into human behavior? Through a series of class sessions with scholars, practitioners and senior policy makers who have had direct involvement with efforts to address and overcome past wrongs, The Past is Never Dead, examines the ways countries have confronted legacies of abuse and mass killing. This seminar is a unique collaboration between the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University’s College of Arts & Sciences and Beyond Conflict which combines theory and policy with personal experience and interdisciplinary insights from the social and cognitive sciences to question whether there are better ways to confront the past in divided societies.
As the class explores these issues related to confronting the past, we’ll be posting video clips and full length lectures to launch a larger conversation on the dynamics that often underlie conflict and how we can more effectively overcome the legacy of violence and victimhood in a range of different contexts.
Introduction to the Course
Recent Highlights: Creating the “Rainbow” Nation: South Africa