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Release date: Dec. 27, 2000
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Emory Marks 2000-2001 As Year of Reconciliation On Campus With Major Symposium

As the nation begins to address post-election reconciliation, that topic is in the forefront for faculty, staff and students at Emory University. Whether it's an impassioned student forum on racial relations, or a packed public exposé on Holocaust denial, Emory is in the midst of a year-long look at reconciliation as it relates to society's most pressing issues—from global conflict to local violence, from health care to the environment.

The centerpiece of the year-long emphasis is a Reconciliation Symposium Jan. 25-28, 2001. Featured will be talks by President Jimmy Carter, who also is an Emory faculty member; Emory President Emeritus and former U.S. Ambassador to Korea James Laney; and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required to determine space needs. To register, call 404-712-9280, or visit the Reconciliation Symposium web site at:

The symposium also includes a series of sessions on issues such as reconciling race and ethnicity, led by Presidential Distinguished Professor Johnnetta Cole; medical care and public health led by Presidential Distinguished Professor Willliam Foege; social justice and reconciliation featuring former Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Joseph Lowery; and the tension between retributive and restorative justice featuring Emory's Deborah Lipstadt.

Reconciliation is a natural theme for Emory, which has renowned programs in conflict resolution, health care, and law and religion—not to mention the presence of two world-famous peacemakers, former President Carter and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who recently completed two years on the faculty.

Already the 2000-2001 "Year of Reconciliation" has provided some gratifying twists. Emory's Lipstadt, who won a highly publicized libel trial in England last spring brought by writer David Irving over her book, "Denying the Holocaust," has spoken to overflow crowds about the role of truth and historical accuracy. Renowned American literary critic Wayne Booth opened the academic year this fall with a public lecture on the reconciliation of science and religion.

In the weeks following the symposium, Emory will host a series of practical workshops built around reconciliation symposium themes. A workshop on getting along in a multicultural world, for example, will teach participants the basics of mediation techniques and their use in multi-cultural conflicts.

Among the reconciliation events scheduled in March of 2001 will be a conference on foreign policy and the new administration, chaired by Emory law alumnus Edward Elson, U.S. ambassador to Denmark. Participants include Emory law alumni Gordon Giffin, U.S. ambassador to Canada; and Washington, D.C., labor attorney George Salem, chairman of the board of the directors of the Arab American Institute.

Also scheduled in March are a one-day symposium on "Reconciling the Disparities in U.S. Health Care," led by U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Nicole Lurie; and a conference on "The Workplace of the Future," led by James Blanchard, chief executive officer of Synovus Financial Corp.

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