Truth-telling, Racial Healing and Restorative Justice

David RaglandJodie Geddes and Lenore Bajare-Dukes

“Truth-telling” is paramount in the quest for justice, particularly against the backdrop of silenced historical harm.  This course grapples with the form and function of truth telling in the pursuit of justice and critically explores linkages between the two. We will survey and analyze historical approaches to truth-telling in the international context, whether in the context of truth commissions or indigenous practices.  Of particular interest in this course are the emerging truth-telling, racial healing and reparations initiatives in the United States to address racial violence against African-Americans. Together, using restorative justice-based and critical race pedagogical approaches, we will grapple with the following questions and more:

  • What does truth-telling mean in the quest for justice?
  • How has truth-telling looked in historical international contexts and how is it  looking in the contemporary domestic context?
  • What form have truth and reconciliation processes taken historically?
  • How do we distinguish restorative justice-based truth-telling processes from historical transitional justice processes?  
  • How might we envision a restorative justice-based truth, racial healing and reparations process to address racial violence in the US against African-Americans?  

This course is being offered for training and for academic credit. The syllabus details the number of credits hours and associated course requirements.


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