In the past half century, a dozen or more nations, as well as numerous international organizations, companies, and universities, have considered or enacted programs of reparation for past wrongs, including for slavery in the Americas. Sometimes redress has been sought through juridical means, other times by material or financial repair, and still other approaches have been symbolic. In some contexts, individual victims have been compensated for proven harm in the past. Other contexts involving massive historical harm done over long periods of time have prompted widely varying approaches to redress. All efforts seek justice in a legal, moral, or political sense, and justice has widely differing definitions across time and cultures. This panel will address these issues historically and in our contemporary world, with attention to the issue of reparations to Black Americans.
Moderator: David W. Blight, Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center and Sterling Professor of History, Yale University
· Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
· Pablo De Greiff (YC 1986), Senior Fellow and Director of the Transitional Justice Program at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice of the School of Law, New York University
· Tom Steyer (YC 1979), Founder, NextGen America voter mobilization organization; 2020 Democratic presidential candidate; co-chair for Governor Newsom's 2020 Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force