Dr. Rhoda Howard-Hassmann will discuss why political apologies have become so common, the political value of issuing an apology, which social groups are able to obtain apologies under which circumstances, and who is responsible for past harms. This is a free public event. Free Parking.

During the last 20 years, many states and institutions have issued apologies for wrongs committed against social groups in earlier times, sometimes accompanying the apologies with financial or other reparations. This lecture will discuss why political apologies have become so common, the political value of issuing an apology, which social groups are able to obtain apologies under which circumstances, and who is responsible for past harms. It will draw on examples from Canada and elsewhere.

Speaker Bio

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Global Studies and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2006 the Human Rights section of the American Political Science Association named Dr. Howard-Hassmann its first Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights. Among many other published works on human rights, she is co-editor of the 2007 volume, The Age of Apology and author of Reparations to Africa (2008); she is currently writing a book on human rights and globalization. She is also creator and editor of a website on political apologies and reparations, which can be accessed at political-apologies.wlu.ca