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Forgiveness and the Unforgivable

The aim of this conference is to explore the complexity of reconciliation, reparation, and restoration in the face of events which are judged to be unforgivable: moral atrocity, genocide, and the destruction of sustained potential for life.
by Betsy VanNoy Sep 27, 2019
When Oct 03, 2019 9:30 AM to
Oct 04, 2019 5:00 PM
Where Pasquerilla and Foster Auditorium
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Contact Phone 8148630314
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FORGIVENESS AND THE UNFORGIVABLE

The aim of this conference is to explore the complexity of reconciliation, reparation, and restoration in the face of events which are judged to be unforgivable: moral atrocity, genocide, and the destruction of sustained potential for life.

In addition to examining this theme with reference to historical events, this conference seeks to expand the scope of reflection on the unforgivable to include:

  • the devastation of the planet 
  • the semantics and practice of forgiveness in non­Western cultures 
  • the possibility of asking forgiveness for the future 
  • third­ party forgiveness and apology 
  • whether the dead can be forgiven / can one forgive in the name of the dead?
Keynote Speaker: Ashraf Rushdy
The Seeds of the Sunflower
October 3rd
5:15 p.m.
Foster Auditorium
Keynote Speaker: Kazim Ali
No Mad Home: Considering the Indigenous in North American Creative and Critical Endeavor

October 4th
5:15 p.m.
Foster Auditorium

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Pasquerilla Spiritual Center - Garden Room

       

10:00 a.m. 

Shame, Forgiveness, and the Future 

Basil Vassilicos
Lecturer in Philosophy
Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick 
1:30 p.m.  

Forgiveness and Historic Injustice 

Simone Gubler, Teaching Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3:15 p.m.

In the Beginning, Forgiveness 

Nicolas de Warren, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Penn State University 
5:00 p.m.  Break

Keynote Speaker: Paterno Library - Foster Auditorium

5:15 p.m.                  

Foster Auditorium

The Seeds of the Sunflower

Keynote Speaker: Ashraf Rushdy

Benjamin Waite Professor of the English Language and Professor of African American Studies
Wesleyan University
7:00 p.m.
133 Sparks
Reception 




Friday, October 4, 2019

Pasquerilla Spiritual Center - Garden Room


10:00 a.m.           

Collaborative Repair: Storytelling, Enslavement, and Environmental Justice

Janet Fiskio 
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Comparative American Studies
Oberlin College


1:30 p.m.

Deconstructing the Gift, Recasting Forgiveness 

Joseph Cohen
Assistant Professor in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
University College Dublin

Raphael Zagury-Orly, Invited Lecturer of Philosophy at Sciences Po – Paris
Directeur de Programme, Collège International de Philosophie

 5:00 p.m.   Break

Keynote Speaker: Paterno Library - Foster Auditorium

5:15 p.m.                  

Foster Auditorium

No Mad Home: Considering the Indigenous in North American Creative and Critical Endeavor

Keynote Speaker: Kazim Ali

Professor of Transnational Prose and Poetics
University of California, San Diego

This conference is sponsored by:

The Department of Philosophy, the Max Kade German-American Research Institute, the Humanities Institute, the Department of French and Francophone Studies, the University Libraries, and the Harold K. Schilling Memorial Lecture on Science, Technology, and Society.