Global Summit on Repair, Reconstruction, and Restoration

May 6, 2021

FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES convenes scholars, educational and civil society leaders, artists, and educators for a Global Summit to explore some of the processes that have been used—and are actively being developed in countries around the world—to establish accountability, build democracy, nurture peace, and promote inclusion, justice, and equity.

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Why this topic? 

How do we restore democracy?
How do we redress the violent past and its legacies?
How do we reconstruct society and repair what is broken?
How do we build trust and relationships in the wake of division and unacknowledged injustice?

People around the world are asking these questions, and there is much that we can learn from each other.

The virtual Global Summit on Repair, Reconstruction, and Restoration explores some of the processes that have been used and are being developed in countries around the world – including South Africa, Germany, Colombia, Northern Ireland, Canada, the United States, and France – to establish accountability, build democracy, nurture peace, and promote inclusion, justice, and equity. Attendees are joined by scholars, educational and civil society leaders, artists, and educators from around the world, including our Holtzmann Family Scholars in Residence. This is an opportunity to learn, reflect, and explore the tools we might draw upon as we imagine the meaning of repair.

“The other reason amnesia simply will not do is that the past refuses to lie down quietly. It has an uncanny habit of returning to haunt one. ‘Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it’ are the words emblazoned at the entrance to the museum in the former concentration camp of Dachau. They are words we would do well to keep ever in mind. However painful the experience, the wounds of the past must not be allowed to fester. They must be opened. They must be cleansed. And balm must be poured on them so they can heal. This is not to be obsessed with the past. It is to take care that the past is properly dealt with for the sake of the future.”

- Archbishop Tutu, Foreword to TRC Final Report


2021 Holtzmann Family Scholars, Artist and Poet-in-Residence

Karine Duhamel

Holtzmann Family Scholar in Residence

Karine Duhamel is Anishinaabe-Métis and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University and a master's degree and PhD in History from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Duhamel served as Director of Research for the historic National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, drafting the Final Report as well as managing its Forensic Document Review Project and Legacy Archive. Dr. Duhamel is now working full time on the National Action Plan that is coming out of the National Inquiry process. Working with Indigenous leadership as well as grassroots groups and family members, she is hoping to assist in promoting justice for MMIWG family members. Karine Duhamel is also an active member of several boards and committees including the International Council of Museums (ICOM) - Canada, the International Council of Archives Experts' Group on Indigenous Matters, the Canadian Historical Association and Facing History and Ourselves.

Karlos K. Hill

Holtzmann Family Scholar in Residence

Dr. Hill is the author of three groundbreaking books: Beyond The Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory, The Murder of Emmett Till: A Graphic History, and The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History. Dr. Hill founded the Tulsa Race Massacre Oklahoma Teacher’s Institute to support teaching the history of the race massacre to thousands of middle school and high school students. Hill also serves on the boards of the Clara Luper Legacy Committee and the Board of Scholars for Facing History and Ourselves, and is actively engaged on other community initiatives working toward racial reconciliation.

Themba Lonzi

Holtzmann Family Artist in Residence

Themba lives in Gugulethu, a township in Cape Town. He is a musician, actor, community organizer, activist, and a reconciliation practitioner. Themba was a teenager during the years of South African Apartheid, and was present at many protests and marches. He remembers his youth as an angry time where he was forced to grow up very fast and without many options that were not violent. His path towards reconciliation was paved through his work in the arts, where he found a means to channel his anger at first, and later his compassion. Themba has a long relationship with Facing History and Ourselves and has helped facilitate numerous Facing History programs in South Africa for teachers and students.

Martha Minow

Holtzmann Family Scholar in Residence

Martha Minow is the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard Law School. She served as Dean of Harvard Law School between 2009-2017. Minow is an expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities. Minow serves on the Board of Scholars for Facing History and Ourselves.

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Holtzmann Family Poet in Residence

Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. He is the author of four books of poetry and prose: Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, In the Shelter, Sorry for your Troubles, and Readings from the Books of Exile. He presents the podcast Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios, where he also has responsibilities in bringing art and theology into public and civic life. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. He is based in Ireland.

Susan Neiman

Holtzmann Family Scholar in Residence

Susan Neiman was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She studied philosophy at Harvard and the Freie Universität Berlin, and was professor of philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv University, before becoming director of the Einstein Forum in 2000. Neiman is the author of eight books which have been translated into many languages, most recently Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. She is the mother of three grown children, and lives in Berlin.

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On the Importance of this Summit Conversation

Listen as lead facilitator, Karen Murphy, reflects on her work and on some of the questions we explore at the Global Summit in this episode of On Being with Krista Tippett: Karen Murphy The Long View, II: On Who We Can Become (November 5, 2020).

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