Jan. 25th – Meeting 1: The Role of the Past in Politics

Ernest Renan, “What is a Nation”

Tony Judt, Introduction & Epilogue from Postwar

World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior, “Part 1: An Expanded Understanding of Human Behavior.

Tim Phillips “The Neuroscience of Conflict,” TEDx Boston. 

Feb. 1st – Meeting 2: Political Reconciliation, Political Forgiveness

Colleen Murphy and Linda Radzik, “Reconciliation” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Nir Eiskovits, “Forget Forgiveness: On The Benefits of Sympathy for Political Reconciliation”

Michael Ignatieff, “Digging Up The Dead”, The New Yorker  

Feb. 8th – Meeting 3: Working Through Trauma

Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery

Feb. 15th – Meeting 4: Transitional Justice: Tools for Confronting the Past

Nir Eisikovits, “Transitional Justice” from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Tina Rosenberg, Chapter 3, “We Are Not Like Them”  from The Haunted Land

Mark Danner, “The Truth of El Mozote” from The New Yorker

Feb. 22nd – Meeting 5: Dignity and Humiliation in the life of Nations

Donna Hicks: Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict

Dominque Moisi, “The Clash Of Emotions.“ Foreign Affairs.

“Facing the Truth,” BBC Documentary with Donna Hicks and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Feb. 29th – Meeting 6: What Neuroscience Teaches us about Confronting our Past

D.J. Siegel. “Memory: An overview with emphasis on the developmental, interpersonal, and neurobiological aspects.” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40(9), 997-1011.

Daniel Kahneman. The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory. TED Talk. 

Michael Specter. “Partial Recall.” The New Yorker. May 19, 2014 Issue

Mar. 7th – Meeting 7: Iraq’s Struggle with its Past

Joel Wing, “Is Iraq An Artificial State? Interview With Princeton’s Sara Pursley”, Blog: Musings on Iraq, Jul 6, 2015

Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee, “Iraq’s Sectarian Crisis: A Legacy of Exclusion”, Carnegie Middle East Center, April 23, 2014

Maha Yahya, “Iraq’s Existential Crisis: Sectarianism Is Just Part of the Problem”, Carnegie Middle East Center, November 6, 2014

Mushreq Abbas, “National Reconciliation in Iraq Remains Elusive”, Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse, March 20, 2015

Vali R. Nasr, “A Crisis a Century in the Making”, The New York Times, Aug 10, 2014

The Map ISIS Hates” by Malise Ruthven

No End in Sight.  Documentary

Mar. 21st – Meeting 8: Creating the “Rainbow Nation” – South Africa’s experiment with Truth and Reconciliation

Long Night’s Journey Into Day (Film)

“Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter” (Film & Book)

Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Reconciliation Barometer

Mar. 28th – Meeting 9: Making good on the Good Friday Agreement – Northern Ireland’s Struggle to End Sectarian Warfare

Joshua Hammer, “In Northern Ireland, Getting Past the Troubles”, Smithsonian Magazine, March 2009

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. “Dealing with Northern Ireland’s Past: Towards a Transitional Justice Approach.” 31 July 2013

The Proposed Agreement on Dealing with the Past, unsuccessfully brokered by Richard Haass. Dec. 31 2013

Kevin Cullen, “Going After Gerry Adams Was a Cynical Attempt at Payback”. Boston Globe. October.

David Mitchell, “Good Friday and the wait for a new politics in Northern Ireland”, OpenDemocracy, 15 April 2015

Tim Phillips, “Finding Peace in Northern Ireland.” WBUR Cognoscenti. Jan. 16th 2014.

Tim Phillips and Donna Hicks. “The Dignity of Dealing with the Past.” GlobalPost. May 30, 2010. 

Apr. 4th – Meeting 10: The Debate Around the Confederate Battle Flag

Euan Hague, “Why the Confederacy Lives”, Politico Magazine, April 8, 2015

Yoni Appelbaum, “Why Is the Flag Still There?”, The Atlantic, Jun 21, 2015

Jessica Taylor, “The Complicated Political History of the Confederate Flag”, NPR.org, June 22, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “What This Cruel War Was Over”, The Atlantic, Jun 22, 2015

Sydney Blumenthal, “The Star-Spangled Banner in South Carolina”, The Atlantic, Jun 24, 2015

David A. Graham, “The Spreading Opposition to Confederate Symbols”, The Atlantic, Jun 23, 2015

Apr. 11th – Meeting 11: The History of Race in Boston

Lukas, J. Anthony, “Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families.” Vintage Books. 1986.

Stockman, Farah. Selection of Articles.

TED Talk by Rev. Jeffery Brown.

Apr. 25th – Meeting 12: Cuba

Nick Miroff and Karen DeYoung, “After US reconciliation, coming together of Cubans themselves could take time”, The Guardian, 14 April 2015

Father Robert Schreiter, “A Roadmap to the Reconciliation Process”, Cuba Study Group & Miami Dade College, Sep 14th, 2012 

Roberto Goizueta, “Opportunities for Reconciliation between Cuba and the Diaspora”, Cuba Study Group and Miami Dade College, Sep 14th, 2012

Juan Antonio Blanco, “Reconciliation and its actors”, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University

Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrande. “Inside the Crazy Back-Channel Negotiations That Revolutionized our Relationship with Cuba”

May 2nd – Meeting 13: Colombia’s Peace Process and Dealing with the Past

Virginia Bouvier’s article selection from USIP website and blog

International Crisis Group, “Colombia Peace Process: Lurching Backward”

International Crisis Group, “Transitional Justice and Colombia’s Peace Process”