History and the Politics of Reconciliation Program

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Carnegie Council Announces the Publication of "Teaching the Violent Past" edited by Elizabeth Cole | 09/21/07 Elizabeth A. Cole How does a society deal with a violent past? This question is answered in the edited volume "Teaching the Violent Past", which examines the politics of how history is taught and the making of national identities and national memories following a conflict within a society.

Genocide and Aftermath: Rationalizing the Process of Truth and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina | 07/13/05 Elazar Barkan, Roy Gutman, Donald. S. Hays, Haris Hromic, Charles Ingrao, Mirza Kusljugic, David Marwell, H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein Transcript of a panel and commemorative event of the 10th anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica, held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in collaboration with the Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with the Council in an advisory role.

Ten Years after Srebrenica: Conversation with Haris Hromic | 06/27/05 Haris Hromic, Elizabeth A. Cole On June 27, 2005, almost exactly ten years after the Srebrenica massacres, CarnegieCouncil.org spoke to Haris Hromic about his pioneering work for the Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Countries Torn Over Baring Warts in History Texts | 12/10/04 Kathleen Kennedy Manzo This "Education Week" article is about how countries struggle to come to terms with their pasts.

History Education and Reconciliation in Guatemala | 09/01/04 Elizabeth Oglesby Carnegie Council Fellow Elizabeth Oglesby investigates to what degree the findings of the Guatemalan Historical Clarification Commission [CEH], have been integrated into secondary school history programs, how this happened and what are the politics of post-war and post-Commission education in Guatemala today.

The Role of Reparations in Transition to Democracy | 07/06/04 Pablo de Greiff Much attention is paid to prosecutions implemented by countries transitioning to democracy--but little to their efforts toward reparations. Yet from the standpoint of the victims, reparations programs are the most visible efforts of a state to remedy the harms they have suffered.

Preserving the Past, the Impossible and Necessary Task | 04/29/04 Alexander Stille, Kenneth Frampton, Elizabeth A. Cole Alexander Stille discusses our complex relations to the past in today's age of rapid technological advances.

The Uses of History: Reflections on the Fall of Yugoslavia | 04/05/04 Kai Erikson, Elizabeth A. Cole Distinguished sociologist Kai Erikson described his many journeys to the town of Pakrac, in the former Yugoslavia, beginning during the war in 1992, and the interviews he conducted with current and former residents of the town.

Historical Memory and the Building of Democracy in Iraq | 02/17/04 Eric Davis, Elizabeth A. Cole Report of an 2/17/04 "Beyond History and Memory" seminar, a series cosponsored by the Council's History and the Politics of Reconciliation Program and Columbia University.

Desolation and Enlightenment--History or Memory? | 02/02/04 Ira Katznelson, Gayatri Spivak, Elizabeth A. Cole The "desolation" of the 20th century--the total war of the two World Wars, the totalitarian regimes of both the right and left, and the Holocaust--has raised questions that scholars are still struggling to answer. For example, how did major political philosophers in the post-war period account for the failure of the European Enlightenment?

The Burden of History: World War II Memory and Polish-Jewish Reconciliation | 09/03/03 What role does history play in political reconciliation, and what role can historians play in public debates about the past? What can they contribute to the search for state and institutional accountability for historical injustices? Could the work of historians brought together from across the national or ethnic lines of old conflicts be a complement to the work of other institutions such as truth commissions and tribunals? Summary Report on a Meeting for a Historical Commission Project, April 3-5, 2003. 

Democratic Development and Reckoning with the Past: The Case of Spain in Comparative Context | 06/25/03 Carolyn Boyd, David A. Crocker, Elizabeth A. Cole Boyd and Crocker discuss Spain as a case study of the problems raised by the process of development and democratization in a country that must also contend with a difficult past.

The Work of an International Negotiator in Restitution Cases and the Legacy of World War II | 05/06/03 H.E. Stuart Eizenstat H. E. Stuart Eizenstat argues that WWII restitution cases faciliate reconciliation and advance the cause of human rights.

Ethical Inquiry and the Teaching of History: Conversation with Carnegie Council Fellow Takashi Yoshida | 03/20/03 Takashi Yoshida "Teaching history can be a tool for encouraging students to be critical, and think about how they can tolerate a plurality of views about what is right and what is wrong," says Takashi Yoshida.

Instead of Reconciliation, A Widening Gulf | 02/20/03 Elizabeth A. Cole In the first-ever Japan-North Korea summit last September, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il apologized for the forced abductions of thirteen Japanese nationals who were taken to North Korea in the late 1970s and early 1980s. North Korea had previously denied responsibility for these--and many other--disappearances; and for years the issue has soured relations between the two countries.

Religion, Reconciliation, and Conflict in the Holy Land | 10/31/02 Yossi Klein Halevi Muslim countries have historically made space for Jewish minority groups, but Islam must evolve to accept a more modern notion of pluralism if there is to be peace in the Middle East, says Yossi Klein Halevi.

Globalization and the Emergence of Cosmopolitan Memories | 04/21/02 Andreas Huyssen, Daniel Levy Debates over political expressions of regret, apology, reparations, and historical injustice have become increasingly important around the world. Do we share a common framework and vocabulary for this search across cultures and national boundaries? Levy considers how the Holocaust plays such an important role.

The Search for a Usable Past | 10/10/01 At the October 25-26 Carnegie Council conference "The Search for a Usable Past," a group of scholars discusses the question "What ought we elect to remember?"

SPECIAL REPORT: "Reparations for Slavery" Debate | 08/19/01 In recent times, the issue of reparations for slavery, long on the fringe of political thought, has come increasingly to dominate mainstream discussions about racism, colonialism, and poverty.

Teaching for Reconciliation: Can Tolerance Towards Former Enemies Be Taught? | 06/20/01 Elizabeth A. Cole Report on an International Faculty Development Seminar held From June 3-5, 2001, in Lublin, Poland, sponsored by the Carnegie Council,   Jagiellonian University, and Brama Grodzka.

Evaluating Justice and Reconciliation Efforts | 05/20/99 Joel H. Rosenthal, David A. Crocker, David Little, Margaret Popkin, Paul van Zyl Drawing from their observations of truth and reconciliation efforts in Bosnia, South Africa, Chile, Guatemala, and Cambodia, the panelists explore the challenges of confronting a violent past.

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