[MGSA-L] TODAY: Talk on the Holocaust, the Mediterranean historical past, and the Establishment of Truth Commissions in Europe, Friday, Nov. 21

Roilos, Panagiotis roilos at fas.harvard.edu
Fri Nov 21 08:46:17 PST 2014

Dear all,

I would like to invite you to the following event.

Best wishes,
Panagiotis Roilos
George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Cultural Politics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

November 21
2:00pm to 4:00pm
CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room K354
"The Case for the Establishment of Truth Commissions in Europe"

Thomas Weber, Professor of History and International Affairs and Director, Centre for Global Security and Governance, University of Aberdeen; Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

This talk makes the case for the establishment of Truth Commissions in Europe to deal with the darkest chapters of the continent’s living past.  In the case of Holocaust-era crimes, Weber argues that Truth Commissions would serve the cause of Holocaust education and the historical record far better than court cases where aging death camp guards brought in on stretchers stand a too-high chance of acquittal. Even though dealing with WWII-era crimes is most pressing due to the very advanced age of its perpetrators, victims, and bystander, the talk argues that it is high time Europe and the states of the Mediterranean Basin consider how they can learn from the example of truth commissions in the rest of the world for how best to deal with all the dark chapters of the region’s recent past.

contact: Professor Roilos at:  roilos at fas.harvard.edu<mailto:roilos at fas.harvard.edu>

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