Black Lives Matter: From Conflict to Healing
Human Rights Day on December 10th commemorates the occasion on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Human Rights Day calls on us to stand up for everyone’s rights.
We would like to engage Boston University, as well as the community at large, in a discussion specific to Black Lives Matter in its relation to Human Rights issues worldwide. In what ways does the Black Lives Matter movement engage all of us?
In a broader sense, how do we develop resilience after trauma? How do we learn from past historical events, such as the Holocaust and genocides in Armenia, Rwanda and Bosnia? How do we repair damage done by recent attacks on people of color in this country? Can thinking about the dynamics of trauma help us confront deep issues about living in what feels like a broken world for those whose lives have been wounded by the structural and personal injustices of racism? What is the power of resilience, and how and where do we find healing practices that are helpful during this era of conflict, oppression and misunderstanding?
Joining this discussion are:
Keith Magee, Director, Social Justice Institute and Visiting Researcher, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, panel moderator
Hank Knight, Director, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Pamela Lightsey, Associate Dean, Boston University School of Theology
Simon Payaslian, Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature, Department of History, Boston University
Desiré Hinkson, (CFA ’18), BU African American Studies Program minor
Supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the President at Boston University