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Apology: Its Role in Political and Social Life

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 3:30 PM - Friday, April 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

Apology: Its Role in Political and Social Life

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Type Remaining End Quantity
Session I. Apology in the Public and Political Domains; April 2, 3:30PM   more info 583 Registrations Apr 3, 2020 Free  
Keynote Event; April 2, 6:00PM   more info 983 Registrations Apr 3, 2020 Free  
Session II. Case Studies: United States; April 3, 10:30AM   more info 586 Registrations Apr 3, 2020 Free  
Session III. Case Studies: International; April 3, 1:00PM   more info 589 Registrations Apr 3, 2020 Free  

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In this moment of political turmoil in the United States and abroad, characterized by a great many people with a great deal to apologize for, we announce the 40th Social Research conference on Apology that will take place April 2nd and 3rd, 2020 at The New School.

This theme raises many questions including: What is the value or consequence of an apology from a politician? What is the impact of apologies on historical wrongs? Are reparations or other forms of redress effective in righting or mitigating historical wrongs? Guilt, accountability, and forgiveness all play a role in apology, both in cases where actors recognize their culpability, and in cases where they do not. During "Apology," our speakers will address the topic through a variety of lenses exploring restorative justice, the role of reparations for slavery, apology and the church, and the global politics of restitution, among others.  

This conference brings together experts from a range of disciplines, including historians, policy makers, the clergy, the law and the courts to examine the role of apology in social and political life, and how and when apologies make a difference. This 1.5-day conference will be the 40th in the Social Research conference series. 



Day 1: Thursday, April 2, 2020


Session I. Apology in the Public and Political Domains 


3:30-5:30 PM
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Auditorium
66 West 13th Street, 10011


Moderator: Jeremy Ginges, Associate Professor of Psychology, The New School 


The role of apology and forgiveness in working toward social justice and cultural healing
Fr. Michael Lapsley, Director, Institute for Healing of Memories


Exploring the global politics of restitution and negotiating historical injustices from 1945 to the present
Elazar Barkan, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs 


Rejuvenating Reparations 
John Torpey, Presidential Professor of Sociology and History/Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, CUNY Graduate Center


Transitional justice in the context of apology 
Pablo de Greiff, Transitional Justice Program Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University 



Keynote Event: 


6:00-7:30 PM
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Auditorium
66 West 13th Street, 10011




Day 2: Friday, April 3, 2020 


Session II. Case Studies: United States


10:30-12:30 PM
Arnold Hall 
55 West 13th Street, 10011


Moderator: TBA 


Proportionality and MeToo 
Nancy Gertner, Judge, USDC Massachusetts (retired); Senior Lecturer, Harvard Law School 


Apology and the Church
Peter Steinfels, former editor, Commonweal; former religion writer, The New York Times; University Professor Emeritus, Fordham University 


The Role of Apology in Reparations for Slavery
Katherine Franke, Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Columbia Law School


The Census and Apology
Margo Anderson, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Session III. Case Studies: International 


1:00-3:00 PM
Hirshon Suite  
55 West 13th Street, 10011


Moderator: Elzbieta Matynia, Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies; Director of Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, The New School


The Case of Poland and the Jews
Jan Gross, Norman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society, emeritus; Professor of History, emeritus, Princeton University


Corporate Malfeasance and Meaningless Apologies
Rena Steinzor, Edward M. Robertson Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law


Restorative justice: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Ahmed Bawa, Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa 

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 3:30 PM - Friday, April 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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