Global Summit 2021 Event Overview

The Global Summit on Repair, Reconstruction, and Restoration is a free, day-long virtual event featuring full-group live streamed sessions (via YouTube Live)  and smaller breakout sessions (via Zoom meeting) throughout the day. Participants are welcome to join sessions as they are able. 


Self-Paced Pre-Event Work

Starting May 3, 2021, we invite you to join in a conversation on Padlet. The padlets will also be open throughout the day on May 6 and will provide a space for you to reflect, ask questions, and be in conversation with participants from around the world. Registrants will receive links to the padlets prior to the event.

Day of Event

Note: all times below are listed in Eastern Daylight Time. Click the times to see it adjusted for your timezone. 

Full-group Session: How Do We Restore, Repair, Reconstruct, and Redress?   

  • Welcome
  • Repair, Reconstruction, Restoration: Where Do We Go From Here? with Martha Minow, Karine Duhamel, and Karen Murphy
    • Martha, Karine, and Karen reflect upon some of the big questions that frame the summit, including why we need to take a multifaceted approach to repair, the importance of acknowledgement and accountability to creating a just society and world, and how, as Martha says, “we're implicated in each other's lives, and that each of us is part of concentric circles of causation.”
  • Poem: “Minor Miracle” with Marilyn Nelson
  • What Can We Learn from Germany and the Germans? with Susan Neiman
    • Susan will draw upon her book, Learning from the Germans, which examines German efforts to atone for Nazi atrocities and identifies lessons for how the United States might come to terms with its legacy of slavery and racism, to help us consider what we can all learn from this case study. 

Watch How Do We Restore, Repair, Reconstruct, and Redress? on demand

Full-group Session: What Possibilities Do Truth Commissions Offer for Redress and Reconstruction?

  • South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: A Turning Point with Dylan Wray, Nomfundo Mogapi, Sihle Nontshokweni, and Max du Preez
    • South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was not the first truth commission, but its impact is arguably more significant than any other. In this session we will learn more about the TRC and its strengths, limitations, and legacies.
  • Performance by Themba Lonzi

Watch What Possibilities Do Truth Commissions Offer for Redress and Reconstruction? on demand

Breakout Sessions

Theme: Seeking Truth: Building the historical record, creating the conditions for reconciliation.
These sessions will take place concurrently and will not be live streamed. Please select one session to attend.

  1. La commission Française «  Mémoires et vérité » / France commission on “Truth and Memories” | Benjamin Stora et Caroline Veltcheff
    [en français / in French] 
    • Benjamin Stora, spécialiste de la guerre d’Algérie et de l’histoire de la colonisation, expliquera les raisons de ses choix dans son dernier rapport remis au président de la République française. Il insistera sur les voies de la réconciliation.

      Benjamin Stora, specialist in the Algerian war and history of colonization, will explain the reasons for his choices in his last report to the French Presidency. He will underline the ways of reconciliation.

  2. Gathering Truths through the Lens of Social Justice | Karine Duhamel and Jasmine Wong
    • Facilitators will lead a discussion about how truth and reconciliation can be pursued through the lens of social justice. Using the example of her work with Indigenous family members and survivors or violence, historian Karine Duhamel and educator Jasmine Wong will lead a discussion on the importance and centrality of oral records in seeking truth. How does this approach challenge the way we "do" history, and the way we understand genocide? Participants will also discuss strengths-based pedagogies for dialogue and healing in the study of historical trauma as well as how these kinds of approaches might generate new foundations for reconciliation.
  3. The Implications and Opportunities of Teaching the TRC | Roy Hellenberg and Dylan Wray
    • The TRC is a compulsory part of the Grade 12 History curriculum in South African schools. In this session, long-time partners of Facing History, Roy Hellenberg and Dylan Wray will talk about what it means to teach this traumatic history to young South Africans and what opportunities this moment in history presents to them. Importantly, they will speak about how the history of the TRC has been used to begin intergenerational conversations between parents and students and amongst groups of teachers across South Africa.
  4. La verdad, un camino para la paz / Truth, a path to peace | Carolina Valencia y Franciso de Roux
    [en español / in Spanish]
    • Franciso de Roux, director de la Comisión de la Verdad en Colombia, hablará sobre las complejas relaciones entre la memoria, la verdad y la no repetición.

      Franciso de Roux, director of the Truth Commission in Colombia, will speak about the complex relationships between memory, truth and non-repetition.

Full-group Session: Facing the Past, Building a Shared Future

  • “A Poem of Witness” with Pádraig Ó Tuama 
  • Facing the Past, Forging a Shared Future: What role do history and history education play in the process of repair? with Karlos K. Hill 
    • In 1921, Tulsa’s Greenwood District “Black Wall Street” was one of the most affluent black communities in America. However, on May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked Greenwood and as a result nearly every significant structure within the community was destroyed and as many of three hundred people were killed. Nearly one hundred years later, the race massacre continues to reverberate. Dr. Karlos K. Hill’s discussion will engage the history of the race massacre, the lessons the history offers, and the current-day legacies that must be confronted.

Watch Facing the Past, Building a Shared Future on demand

Breakout Sessions

Theme:  Facing History and Ourselves Around  the World
These sessions will take place concurrently and will not be live streamed. Please select one session to attend.

  1. Acknowledging the past to Shape the Present | Khari Bowman and Dr. Marilyn Taylor
    • Young people are teaching the rest of us how to prevent the history of racist violence from repeating itself. They show how confronting past injustice can inspire and mobilize people to build a better, more just future. Together, Khari Bowman and Dr. Marilyn Taylor helped lead a community education project that focused on the lynching in 1917 of Ell Persons, an African American man, in Memphis. Students helped uncover the truth about this lynching, known as one of the most brutal in American history. Ms. Bowman, now a student at Bryn Mawr College, was a cofounder of Students Uniting Memphis. In 2017, these high school students from different schools developed a memorial that marked the lynching, and educated the larger community about what happened. Dr. Taylor taught the Facing History and Ourselves elective at Overton High School in Memphis.
  2. Chicago Red Summer 1919 & the Chicago Commission on Race Relations | Dr. Davarian Baldwin and Heather Frazier
    • What can a 100-year-old report teach us about how to repair and reconstruct society, prevent racial violence and solve today’s racial inequities? Together we will explore the contemporary legacies of the recommendations released by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations report, The Negro in Chicago, in the aftermath of the 1919 Red Summer. For this conversation, Facing History Chicago welcomes Dr. Davarian Baldwin, whose teaching brings together urban and cultural studies, 20th Century U.S. History, and African American Studies.
  3. Enseigner le principe de laïcité avec la méthode Facing History and Ourselves / Teaching the principle of “laïcité” with Facing History and Ourselves methods | Margueritte Graff, Caroline Latournerie, Christophe Guérard, and Caroline Veltcheff
    [en français / in French]
    • Deux enseignantes de lycée partageront leur expérience. Dans la banlieue de Paris, l’expérimentation conduite depuis 2016 a montré la plus-value de la méthode et des outils conçus par Facing History dans le contexte très difficile du meurtre de Samuel Paty, enseignant d’histoire tué par un extrémiste religieux près de son collège. Rassurer les enseignants en France afin qu’ils continuent à aborder les sujets délicats avec les élèves, dans un cadre sécurisé posé grâce à Facing History, tel est le défi auquel nous avons eu à faire face en France.

      Two high school teachers will share their experience. In the suburbs of Paris, a pilot project since 2016 shows the value of FHAO methods and tools in the difficult context of the murder of Samuel Paty, a history teacher killed by a religious extremist near his school. Reassuring the teachers in France so that they dare to have deep discussions with their students within the secure framework of FHAO: that is the challenge we have to face in France.

  4. Facing the Erasure of Asian American Histories | Jared Kushida
    • As America faces repeated acts of violence against Asian Americans, we are reminded once again of a history we have failed to pay attention to and reckon with. Consider joining this breakout space to think about some of these gaps in the American educational landscape, to learn about some efforts in California to push for more curricular criticality and inclusivity, and to at least begin the conversation about how we can engage ourselves and our educators in the long, hard, necessary work of dismantling white supremacy.
  5. La memoria, un motor para construir paz / Memory, an engine to build peace | Carolina Valencia, Javid Torres y Ana María Durán [en español / in Spanish]
    • Javid Torres y Ana María Durán nos hablarán sobre su experiencia llevando al aula de clase las dolorosas memorias del conflicto armado. Estos maestros lograron abrir un diálogo constructivo entre dos grupos de jóvenes que habían experimentado la guerra de maneras muy diferentes.

      Javid Torres and Ana María Durán will tell us about their experience bringing the painful memories of the armed conflict to their classrooms. These teachers succeeded in opening a constructive dialogue between two groups of young people who had experienced war in very different ways.

  6. Pursuing Reciprocity and Reconciliation Through Educational Collaboration | Kim Wheatley and Jasmine Wong
    • At the publication of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Report, Chief Commissioner Senator Murray Sinclair stated, Education is the Key to Reconciliation... Education is what got us into this mess, and education will get us out of it. In this journey toward new and right relationships, who and how educators teach is tantamount to what is taught. In this breakout session, Anishinaabe Ojibway Grandmother (Turtle Clan) Kim Wheatley (Shkoden Neegan Waawaaskonen) and Facing History staff Jasmine Wong will explore the work of co-teaching and its centrality to reciprocity and to reconciliation.
  7. South Africa: Facing the Past | Janine Kaptein, Lindinxiwa Mahalsela, and Dylan Wray
    • In 2003, a group of teachers of different races met for the first Facing History Seminar in South Africa. Janine Kaptein and Lindinxiwa Mahalsela were part of this group of pioneering teachers who began to look at ways of teaching the history of apartheid that encouraged reflection, empathy and a connection to oneself. In this session, Janine and Lindinxwa will talk about what it has meant for them personally to teach a difficult and traumatic history that they lived through, how they found connections to their students and how studying the history of apartheid and the transition to democracy has shaped the choices the students in their classrooms make.
  8. Transforming Sectarianism: Why shaping the future requires us to face decisions made in the past | Hedley Abernethy and Sean Pettis
    • This workshop explores the notion of agency and personal responsibility as key indicators of transforming sectarianism and the historical wrongs associated with it. Using materials developed by the Corrymeela Community to raise issues around the relationship between history and personal responsibility, this workshop is an opportunity to explore ways in which the notion of ethical decision making can be brought into the classroom.

Full-group Session: The Problems and Potentials of Poetry as Witness

  • Pádraig Ó Tuama with Marilyn Nelson and Juliane Okot Bitek 
    • The poetry of Marilyn Nelson and Juliane Okot Bitek centers on questions of remembrance — on the level of a parish or town; up to the level of a country. We will hear some of their poems and also discuss with them how they see the role of poetry in offering public language: language of pain, of remembrance, of lament, and of creativity.  Juliane Okot Bitek and Marilyn Nelson will be in conversation with Pádraig Ó Tuama.  

Watch The Problems and Potentials of Poetry as Witness on demand

Breakout Sessions

Theme: Exploring Processes for Repair, Reconciliation, and Reconstruction. How do we reconstruct society, nurture healing, commemorate and restore our democracies?

  1. Engaging with religious narratives for civic change: a study in the book of Ruth | Pádraig Ó Tuama
    • Pádraig Ó Tuama will lead a workshop considering the possibilities of using narrative — particularly religious narrative — as a canvas for contemporary public dialogue about remembrance, the past and the possibility of change. Building on the “Brexit and the Book of Ruth” project he and his colleague Glenn Jordan (+2020) led, this workshop will share the possibilities, problems, and promises of using religious narrative in a secular context.
  2. Liberation Ventures: An Introduction to the US Black Reparations Movement Ecosystem & Framework for Repair | Aria Florant
    • In this session, we will share Liberation Ventures’ strategy to win on reparations within a generation and our role in making that vision a reality. We will also share our reparative framework and how it can be operationalized for individuals, institutions, and society as a whole. Finally, we will share a bird’s eye view of the exciting activity happening to advance reparations and repair across the country.
  3. La Poesía de los Derechos Humanos / The Poetics of Human Rights | Yael Siman y Marjorie Agosín [en español / in Spanish]
    • Esta sesión explora las violaciones de derechos humanos y las respuestas poéticas de las mujeres en América Latina. Incluye expresiones artísticas cotidianas y de la calle, así como expresiones de movilización, protesta, y memoria en Chile, México y otros países latinoamericanos.

      This session explores human rights violations and the poetic responses by women in Latin America. It includes artistic street and daily expressions of mobilization, protest, and memory in Chile, Mexico, and other Latin American countries.

  4. Resourcing for the Inner Work of Repair, Reconstruction, and Restoration | Lucas Johnson
    • The On Being Project is a nonprofit media project and public life initiative. The Social Healing Team that Lucas leads, is focused on the human transformation that makes social transformation possible. Lucas will talk about how the team attempts to resource and accompany those who are asking the hard questions of themselves and of their communities as they work for social repair, reconstruction and restoration.
  5. Role of healing and performance | Themba Lonzi and Dylan Wray
    • During apartheid, music, art and theatre were tools of resistance, and importantly, sources of hope, comfort and resilience. In the years following the end of apartheid, performance became, and still is a source of healing. In this session, Themba Lonzi will share how he uses music, song and storytelling to create spaces that give South Africans the possibility of healing from a past that is still very much with us.
  6. The Role of Reconciliation after Violent Conflict | Hedley Abernethy
    • Received wisdom suggests that conflict is about a breakdown in relationships and that post-conflict efforts must seek to repair and restore those broken relationships. Yet, the role of reconciliation following a period of sustained violence can often be considered subservient to the need to reform institutions that at the very least sustained inequalities, to investigating conflict-related violations and to attending to the needs of victims. Speaking from the experience of Ireland’s oldest peace organisation, Corrymeela asks if reconciliation should be a core component of all post-conflict processes and indeed must be considered the primary driver for these processes.
  7. What Can Be Learned from Contested Histories? From Research to Classrooms | Steven Stegers and Grace Sahota
    • In this session, Grace will share the research of IHJR-EuroClio’s Contested Histories Initiative in which more than 260 global cases of public controversy over historical legacies have been investigated, for example Cecil Rhodes in Cape Town (South Africa) and Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA (US). Steven will show how this research can be transformed into strategies for teaching and learning that aid reconciliation and healing in an inclusive and multiperspective manner. During the session participants will be asked to share examples of divisive historical monuments or physical markers in public spaces, and weigh in on how contested narratives about the past can be used in the classroom.

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