Tuesday Evening Keynote Address - 7:00 pm
Music by Gillian Grannum with Hope Jazz Faculty
"Reconciliation: Why It Matters and How to Do It Well"
The talk will explore why reconciliation matters in our personal
as well as public lives and what are some of important
insights of our
faith about how to reconcile well.
Reception and Book-Signing - Schaap Atrium
Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday Morning Keynote Address - 9:00 am
Music by Gillian Grannum with Hope Jazz Faculty
"Reconciliation: How Teachings from a 2,000 year-old
Book Can Bring Healing to a 500 year-old Wound"
Using the indigenous art of storytelling, Mark Charles will share, both from the Scriptures as well as from his personal journey, insights he has gained into the depth of the Creator's heart for reconciliation.
Coffee & Fellowship - 9:55 - 10:25
Outdoor Coffee Islands
- Chapel/Graves Lawn/DeWitt Patio
Morning Sessions - 10:30 am
Voices of Reconciliation: A Panel Discussion - Dimnent Chapel
Our speakers will engage questions about the theological traditions, commitments, and experiences that shape their approaches to reconciliation; ways to approach interpersonal reconciliation where there are asymmetries in power, privilege, and voice; and ideas that may equip us as staff and students to lean into a reconciling vision.
Peter Cha, Mark Charles, Gillian Grannum, Daniel Philpott
Charlotte vanOyen-Witvliet, moderating
Focus on Reconciliation with Miroslav Volf - DeWitt Theatre
Volf will further develop themes from his keynote address.
Afternoon Focus Sessions - 1:00 pm
Peter Cha - Wichers Auditorium, Nykerk Hall
Multicultural Education for Reconciliation: Assessing Different Models
What are the current models of multicultural education embraced by U.S. universities and colleges as they aim to offer rich intercultural learning experiences to their students and faculty? Which model(s) is Hope College currently pursuing? Are certain models more promising if reconciliation were to be one of the main goals of multicultural education? These key questions will guide and inform our conversation as we aim to interpret the current experiences of Hope College in the area of diversity/reconciliation and imagine its future possibilities.
Mark Charles - DeWitt Theatre
An Apology, an Appropriations Bill,
and a Conversation that Never Happened
On December 19, 2009, President Obama signed the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 3326. Buried on page 45 of this 67 page document is sub-section 8113, titled "Apology to Native People of the United States." The White House Press Release regarding this bill contained no mention of the enclosed apology and it was not read publically until a US Senator read it nearly six months later at a small ceremony with only a handful of Native American leaders present. This is not how a nation of immigrants apologizes to their indigenous hosts for centuries of injustice, disenfranchisement, boarding schools, broken treaties, stolen lands, war and for some tribes, genocide. This seminar will present, and solicit feedback on, efforts that are underway to respectfully and publically communicate this apology to the nearly 5 million Native American citizens of this country so a conversation regarding reconciliation can truly begin.
Gillian Grannum - Dimnent Chapel
Workshop: Resolution and Reunion:
Jazz, Faith, and Reconciliation
The need for reconciliation is one of the greatest challenges which face our world today. As we seek to embrace the divine call of heaven to forgive and love one another, we find that our humanity often gets in the way. Yet, we can be inspired through the Creator God, in whom we find both difference and union. Through artistic expression, particularly the contrast of unity and diversity found in the harmony of jazz music, we can explore how to live out the call to reconciliation in art, in
relationships, in faith, and in life.
Daniel Philpott - Maas Auditorium
"Is Reconciliation in Politics Possible?
On the Meaning of Justice in the Wake of Massive Injustice"
Daniel Philpott, author of Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation, forthcoming with Oxford University Press, will present a session focusing on reconciliation in politics. He will explore the theological and philosophical roots of an ethic of reconciliation that offers concrete guidelines to political orders facing pasts of
authoritarianism, civil war, and genocide.
Ernest Cole and Virginia Beard - Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall
Contested Memory, Contested Narratives:
The Dynamics of Reconciliation in Post(?)-Conflict Societies
Through a “fireside chat” of questions and answers, Drs. Virginia Beard and Ernest Cole will consider some of the difficult and complex questions surrounding peace and reconciliation after societal conflicts. Drawing from research and experience in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Rwanda and Northern Ireland, Beard and Cole will address such issues as the role of forgiveness in peace and reconciliation theology, child soldiers and impunity, the place for justice in societal reconciliation, and memory and “re-membering” as part of societal reconciliation.
DANCE: Performance of "Ishta"
followed by Q&A
with Jillian Rice and Jessica St. Clair
Dow Center - 207
The collaborative work "Ishta" began as an independent project for a Women's Studies Keystone originally premiered in Hope College Dance Department's Spring 2012 Student Dance Concert. The objective of the project was to create a feminist dance piece through feminist means; to make a safe space for a group of young women to explore through dance what it means to be a woman. Through those explorations, which focused on physical womanhood, the body and erotic power, the piece was developed. It is an abstract work that focuses not as much on aesthetic as on authenticity, on movements that are truthful, that bring healing and reconciliation with oneself and others. The title “ishta” comes from the Native American Lakota word for she/female/girl.
EDUCATION/AMERICAN ETHNIC STUDIES:
"Reconciliation Up Close and Personal"
with students and staff who participated in the
reconciliation training retreat in Montana, June 2011
This session will feature a panel discussion presented by students and staff who participated in the reconciliation training retreat in Montana in June 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Curtiss DeYoung. Panel members will openly and honestly share their experiences, emotions, and learning from going through the reconciliation training process. They will discuss the background events that led to their participation in the training and how that process has helped them heal and move forward from those experiences. The discussion will conclude with an opportunity for those attending the session to ask questions about what the panel members have shared and their perceptions about the potential of the reconciliation process at Hope College.
HISTORY: "Preaching Mutual Forgiveness and the Forgetting of All Wrongs: Reconciliation and Justice in the French Revolution" with Ronen Steinberg, Assistant Professor of History, MSU
Martha Miller Center - 159
When most people think about the French Revolution, they see great moments of heroism and tragedy, moments that have shaped the modern world: the storming of the Bastille, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, the Reign of Terror and the guillotine. They do not as a rule think about forgiveness, reconciliation, remembrance, and accountability. Yet these issues were central to the revolutionary struggle in France, particularly in the aftermath of the Terror. This presentation will examine how French men and women struggled to come to terms with the legacies of revolutionary violence as the eighteenth century drew to a close. It thus aims at adding a historical perspective to the theme of this year’s Critical Issues Symposium.
NURSING: "Side Effects May Include: Reconciling
HIV Exposure and Its After-Effects"
with Marlee Bogema, BSN, RN
Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall
Health care providers are asked to care for individuals unconditionally, and at times this can be difficult. Ms. Bogema will explore the issue of reconciliation with patients who may (and do) expose healthcare providers to a life-threatening illness and reconciliation with fellow health care workers as they respond to the life-threatening exposure. This topic, originally presented during a Hope College senior seminar, received overwhelmingly positive reviews by students. This session will provide valuable insight for all pre-health professional students as they consider one of the most difficult situations they may face in a healthcare setting. Patricia Walter, MSW, BSN, RN (Assistant Professor of Nursing, Hope College) will serve as moderator for this session.
RELIGION: "A.J. Muste: Hope's Famous Peacemaker"
with Jeff Meyers, MA, Earlham School of Religion
Martha Miller Center - Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, 135
Ever wondered what Hope’s basketball jerseys looked like 100 years ago? Want to know what the court case “The United States of America v. The Spirit of Freedom” was about? Are you interested in learning more about Rev. A.J. Muste, one of Hope’s most accomplished alumni? After a brief presentation on Muste’s life and connection to Hope, this presentation will explore how Muste’s theology undergirded his effective work for peace, justice, and reconciliation.
SOCIOLOGY/SOCIAL WORK/INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: "Muslim-Christian Dialogue As Means to Reconciliation"
with the Rev. Douglas Leonard, Director,
Al Amana Centre of the Sultanate of Oman
Vanderwerf - 102
We live in a time where sound bytes determine attitudes and dispositions towards other religions more than dialogue and exchange with one another. The media also tends to focus on extreme viewpoints, and thus a platform is needed for moderate and irenic voices so that a few fanatics do not speak for all. Douglas Leonard will speak about his experience with Muslim-Christian dialogue in Oman, in the hope that such dialogue will inspire positive relations and cooperation amongst all religions. One-half of the world’s population is comprised of Muslims and Christians, and the current crucible for these relationships is the Middle East. Therefore positive initiatives here have a global effect and provide a path of dialogue and coexistence that others may follow.
Continuing the Conversation - Additional Sessions at a Later Date
PHILOSOPHY: will be hosting a speaker later in the fall, on the topic of the philosophy of race and the project of cosmopolitanism.
Date and Location - TBA
Description is forthcoming.
PSYCHOLOGY: will be hosting "Forgiveness With and Without Reconciliation" with Charlotte vanOyen-Witvliet, PhD, Jacobson Professor of Psychology later in the fall semester.
Monday, October 29 - 3:30 pm, Location TBA
In this talk, Witvliet will examine human responses to interpersonal transgressions that take seriously both justice and mercy. From the transgressor perspective, Witvliet will address repentance. From the perspective of the victim, Witvliet will describe approaches that assist people in embodying forgiveness even in situations where relational reconciliation is not possible, safe, or wise.