Vision Series Highlights ICAR Professor Hirsch

Posted: March 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Susan Hirsch
Susan Hirsch

Susan Hirsch, director of the undergraduate Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution program, will present “Satisfying Victims and Healing Societies: The Promises of Justice after Extreme Violence” at the next Vision Series on Monday, March 17, at 8 p.m.

The lecture will take place on Mason’s Fairfax Campus in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets online, at the Center for the Arts ticket office, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or the evening of the presentation.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Justice meted out in domestic courts is assumed to promote social healing and quell the desire for revenge felt by victims of violence. Mass atrocity, genocide, terrorism and other types of extreme violence have spawned new approaches to justice, such as extrajudicial proceedings and international tribunals.

Drawing from personal experience as a survivor of a terror attack and anthropological research on responses to extreme violence in the United States, Europe and Africa, Hirsch will explore several emerging approaches to justice that seek to fulfill the expectations of victims and societies. She asks whether at this juncture, in pursuing justice for the world’s worst crimes, should we be more unilateralist or more universalist, more modest or more aggressive.

Hirsch has a PhD from Duke University and is the author of the 2006 book, “In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief and a Victim’s Quest for Justice.”

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