the Academy Friday, Jan. 26, 1-3 p.m. Facilitated by Steven Kraftchick,
associate dean of academic affairs, School of Theology.
Why is there a need for
Emory to address reconciliation in the academy?
Kraftchick: In a recent discussion, an Emory College faculty
member noted that there is a lack of uni at Emory University.
He was referring to the lack of information flow among the
Universitys various constituencies. This session examines the issues
that arise when a universitys various fields of inquiry develop
different, and not always compatible, claims to truth. The relative health
and vitality of a university is a function of how the discussion among
these fields is conducted. A mandate for any university is to help its
publics relate, and this cannot be done unless different areas of inquiry
develop means of cross-boundary communication.
What impact might this session
have on attendees and on the University?
It is our hope that we will discover ways to enhance conversation among
disciplines, encourage understanding of the different ways in which inquiries
after knowledge are conducted, and develop more interaction among the
Universitys different areas of inquiry. Because this session asks
how different disciplines intersect and diverge, the session cannot help
but raise new questions for each discipline about its own methods, conceptions
of truth and means of communication.
As relationships among our different disciplines are discussed, it is
often the case that new, previously unrecognized fields of inquiry become
evident. If we are successful in our conversation, we will produce some
concrete steps Emory can take to encourage cross-disciplinary teaching
and the development of new understandings of how the Universitys
parts relate to one another.
Who will be participating
in this discussion?
John DArms, president of the American Council of Learned Societies,
will offer the main address, Reconciliation or Reconnections? The
Humanities and the Academy. Emory respondents will include Pam Hall,
Massee-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor and associate professor
of philosophy and womens studies; Amy Schrager Lang, associate professor
in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts; and Robert de Haan, C.H. Candler
Professor of Cell Biology and director of the Elementary Science Education
Peace and Reconciliation
in the International System Friday, Jan. 26, 3:15-5:15 p.m. Facilitated
by David Davis, associate professor of political science.
What is the connection between
the issue of reconciliation in the international context and Emorys
Davis: At the broadest level, the issue of reconciliation in
international relations is important because the world faces a number
of daunting problems: violent ethnic conflict (especially in Africa),
a global public health crisis related to HIV/AIDS, environmental problems
like global warming and declining biodiversity, and the problems that
occur during democratic transitions. The interests of the scholars on
the panel address broad, important trends in international politics and
governance, demonstrating that scholarship can have important national
and international policy implications.
Emorys effort and research on reconciliation provides an opportunity
to discover constructive methods toward achieving international reconciliation.
Reconciliation in international relations is a critical and necessary
step for improving governance and creating an environment where the effective
management of these problems will be possible.
What will attendees take
away from this session?
One of Emorys recent goals has been to improve awareness of and
interest in international affairs. By specifically focusing on the Arab-Israeli
conflict, ethnic conflict in Africa and the democratization of established
powers, this session will encourage attendees to engage critically the
complex dynamics of international relations and conflict. I hope panel
attendees will realize that changes in other nations and corners of the
international system can have an important influence on their lives. Unless
citizens in nations like the United States support and encourage action
by their governments, the prospects for long-term cooperation and progress
in international politics are dim.
Who will be addressing these
Each of the panelists will present a paper from his recent research. Kenneth
Stein, Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Israeli
Studies, will present Resolving the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Pragmatic
Accomodation or Sustaining Reconciliation. Richard Joseph, A.G.
Candler Professor of Political Science and former director of the democracy
program at the Carter Center, will present Reconciliation and Reconstituting
the State in Africa. Robert Pastor, White Professor of International
Relations and founding director of the Carter Centers Latin American
and Caribbean Program and the Democracy and China Project, will present
Mediating Democratic Transitions: Reconciliation Among Elites.