2012 National Symposium

A national symposium and dialogue among those working to bridge societal divides.

May 30-June 1, 2012  

Hyatt Regency, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Reconciliation in America Symposium

The third annual Reconciliation in America Symposium was sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and  held at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, OK, on May 30 – June 1, 2012.

“The Politics of Reconciliation,” occurring during the 2012 election year, explored current academic research and community projects that address the general theme of reconciliation in America, focusing on the political dynamics of reconciliation. Defined broadly as the complex of relations between and among people, “politics” raises such questions as:

  • How is “reconciliation” a political construct?
  • What aspects of politics are critical to reconciliation efforts?
  • What political skills are necessary to successful and sustainable reconciliation efforts?
  • What role does partisan politics play in the ability of communities to reconcile?

The keynote address was delivered by Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi and an internationally known scholar and reconciliation expert. The Town Hall featured a national panel, “Cityscape – Former Mayors Reflect on Reconciliation Efforts.” Click to read prepared remarks

Featured session speakers included these nationally recognized experts on reconciliation:

  • Governor William Winter, former Governor of Mississippi; Click to read prepared remarks
  • Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, the President of Spelman College; Click to read prepared remarks
  • Dr. George Henderson, creator of the Human Relations Program at the University of Oklahoma;
  • Dr. Donald W. Shriver, Jr., an ethicist and President Emeritus of Union Seminary in New York City; and
  • Reverend Doug Tanner, Senior Advisor of The Faith & Politics Institute in Washington, D.C.

Paper: The Civil War at 150 Years: Deep Wounds Yet to Heal– Joseph V. Montville, George Mason University

In addition, the Symposium offered a series of concurrent workshops presented by scholars and practitioners of reconciliation from throughout the country. The concluding luncheon presented the members of the Symposium’s National Advisory Panel reflecting on the new insights, provocative thoughts, and remaining challenges elicited during the symposium.

This program is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the We the People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the symposium do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.