Human rights and advocacy law expert Martha Minow will speak on Tuesday, February 11 at 5:30 pm in the Villard Room of Main Building. Her lecture, “Law and Forgiveness,” addresses what place forgiveness has—and should have—in a formal legal system. Minow will explore whether certain kinds of individuals, certain kinds of offenses, or certain moments in history warrant forgiveness more than others. What is it that we, as a nation and part of an international community, want law to do in the face of wrong or atrocity? When should forgiveness inform legal processes and results? This event is free and open to the public.
Minow is the Morgan and Helen Chu Professor of Law and Dean of the Harvard Law School. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about privatization, military justice and ethnic and religious conflict. She served on the Independent International Commission Kosovo and helped to launch Imagine Co-existence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies. In August 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Minow to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, a bi-partisan, government-sponsored organization that provides civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.
Minow’s books include In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Constitutional Landmark (2010); Just Schools: Pursuing Equality in Societies of Difference (co-edited, 2008), Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence (1999), and Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion and American Law (1991).
This event is co-sponsored by the Richard and Sally Sharp Fund, the Department of Political Science, the Office of the President, the Departments of Anthropology, History, Religion, and Sociology, and the programs in American Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, and Women’s Studies.
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