A night of critical reflection with NPR’s On Point host Tom Ashbrook. Given the current political climate in Israel, can models of diplomacy from places like Northern Ireland and South Africa help light a way forward? Can the legacies of nations once beleaguered by genocide, tribal warfare, apartheid and oppression point a path to a lasting peace and a future of shared progress and development?
Esteemed panelists impart their wisdom about what we can learn from memory, truth and reconciliation:
Dr. Fran Buntman grew up in South Africa. She teaches in the areas of criminal justice, punishment, and law in the Sociology Department at George Washington University. She is also the director of the school’s interdisciplinary Law and Society minor. Her publications include Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid (2003) and Therapeutic jurisprudence, apartheid's victims, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2011). Her current research projects examine the relationships between forgiveness and reconciliation and between destruction and resistance.
Dr. Francis Costello is a native of the U.S. who has lived and worked in Belfast for the past 15 years. He is a business consultant who focuses on economic development and building partnerships. He served in the U.S. Government during the Clinton Administration and as Chief of Staff to Rep. Joseph Kennedy. Dr. Costello holds a doctorate in Irish Studies from Boston College. He is the author of three books of Irish interest, including The Irish Revolution and the Aftermath
Zen Master Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement. He is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is the founder of the Zen Peacemakers and a founding board member of the Social Ventures Network, a network of businesses committed to social change. He is a co-author of Bearing Witness: A Zen Masters Lessons in Making Peace.
Tom Ashbrook, moderator (pictured), is the award-winning host of National Public Radio’s On Point, produced by WBUR Boston. He previously served as an editor at The Boston Globe and as a foreign correspondent based in India, Hong Kong and Japan.
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