WATERVILLE — Transforming Societies After Political Violence: Reflections on Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing in South Africa and Northern Ireland will be the topic at 7 p.m. Sunday in Diamond, room 122, Colby College. The lecture will feature Brandon Hamber, director of the International Conflict Research Institute.

Using personal experience from engagement with victims and survivors during the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and peacebuilding work in Northern Ireland, the lecture will delve into the complex interplay between individual psychological processes and macro-political interventions such as truth commissions. Specifically the lecture will explore issues such as reparations, “doing justice,” the power of ambivalence, and concepts such as closure, trauma and reconciliation setting out the role of transitional justice, human rights and mental health practitioners in helping survivors move beyond the toxic past without covering it up or becoming mired in it.

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