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 and smaller breakout sessions throughout the day. While we encourage you to participate in the full day, participants are welcome to join sessions as they are able. 

Date: May 6, 2021 from 9:00am–3:15pm EDT. 
Note: all times below are listed in Eastern Daylight Time. Click the times to see it adjusted for your timezone. 

Location:  Full-group sessions will be streamed on YouTube Live. Breakout sessions will be interactive and held on Zoom meeting.

How to Join the Event: Registered attendees will receive an annotated agenda with links to attend all live sessions as well as access to the on-demand recordings of full-group sessions. Breakout sessions will not be available on demand.


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Working Agenda

9:00–10:00am EDT 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. 

10:30–11:15am EDT  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

11:30am–12:00pm EDT Breakout Sessions

Theme: Seeking Truth: Building the historical record, creating the conditions for reconciliation

  • Breakout session descriptions to be announced 

12:30–1:00pm EDT 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 
    • Session description to be announced.

1:15–1:45pm EDT Breakout Sessions

Theme:  Facing History and Ourselves Around  the World

  • Breakout session descriptions to be announced

2:00–2:30pm EDT 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.  

2:45–3:15pm EDT Breakout Sessions

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

  • Breakout session descriptions to be announced


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