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Politics of Reconciliation

Politics of Reconciliation

May 30, 2012

The Politics of Reconciliation

May 30 - June 1, 2012
Hyatt Regency, Tulsa

You are cordially invited to attend the third annual Reconciliation in America Symposium sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation.

The keynote address will be delivered by Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi and an internationally known scholar and reconciliation expert. A Town Hall will feature a Mayors Panel led by Kathy Taylor, former Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and former Mayor of the City of Tulsa. The Keynote Address and Town Hall on Thursday, May 31 are free and open to the public.

For the symposium plenary sessions, featured speakers include these nationally recognized experts on reconciliation:

  • Governor William Winter, former Governor of Mississippi;
  • Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, the President of Spelman College;
  • Dr. George Henderson, creator of the Human Relations Program at the University of Oklahoma;
  • Dr. Donald W. Shriver, Jr., an ethicist and President Emeritus of Union Seminary in New York City; and
  • Reverend Doug Tanner, Senior Advisor of The Faith & Politics Institute in Washington, D.C.

For more information about these featured speakers, click here.

In addition, the Symposium will feature a series of concurrent workshops presented by scholars and practitioners of reconciliation from throughout the country.

”The Politics of Reconciliation,” occurring during the 2012 election year, will explore current academic research and community projects that address the general theme of reconciliation in America, focusing on the political dynamics of reconciliation. Defined broadly as the complex of relations between and among people, “politics” raises such questions as: (1) How is “reconciliation” a political construct? (2) What aspects of politics are critical to reconciliation efforts? (3) What political skills are necessary to successful and sustainable reconciliation efforts? and (4) What role does partisan politics play in the ability of communities to reconcile?

Registration information and a full agenda will be available on the John Hope Franklin Center website, www.jhfcenter.org, in early February. For more information, contact Jean Neal at the JHF Center, 918-295-5009. This program is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the We the People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the symposium do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.