Reconciliation as bridge-building is vital for continued peace in Ireland
Grandson of leading figure of apartheid regime discusses reconciliation as betrayal
Insights from combatants/survivors in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Israel-Palestine
22/10/20: Peacebuilder and ANC member Dr. Wilhlem Verwoerd explored the dynamics of betrayal when former enemies reach out across political divides at our second Una O’Higgins O’Malley Memorial Lecture in Dublin yesterday. Dr. Verwoerd drew on his personal journey of reconciliation from his family’s Afrikaner and apartheid heritage, to joining the ANC and through to his ground-breaking work on the troubling dynamics of betrayal typically evoked when former enemies dare to reach across deep, bloody political divides. Dr. Verwoerd also shared key insights from an international research project which gathered practical wisdom from reconciliation practitioners and former combatants/survivors in South Africa, Israel-Palestine and from the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.
Dr. Verwoerds keynote Speech is available to view here
Following the keynote address, Dr Verwoerd then joined our panel consisting of Mr Seán Feenan, Dr Cathy Bollaert, Ms Deborah Erwin and Ms Audrey Carville (moderator).
10/9/19: Attended by 27 EU Ambassadors, the latest in Glencree's Ambassador Dialogue Series focused on the impact of Brexit on British-Irish relations and in particular a possible hard border across the island with submissions from Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Former First Minister Peter Robinson.
20/5/19: HRH Prince Charles returned to Glencree to unveil a commemorative poem engraving with His Excellency President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. Leaders from cultural, educational, political and business sectors also marked this special event.
7/5/20: Countdown to 5th June deadline for 25 papers from around the world for Academic Journal by Glencree in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. Part of Glencrees Legacy of Violence, Peace IV project, the Journal will be launched at an Academic Seminar at NUI Galway on 26 November.
20/2/20: If you are committed to working through the challenges arising from our violent past, are highly organised and efficient with the personal skills to work on a project that touches on some of the most contentious issues that remain in building sustainable peace, we would like to hear from you.
7/2/20: We are seeking a dynamic, energetic and positive person to join our administrative team. You will work within a team designed create and manage dialogue opportunities between political, government official and diplomatic actors from across the island of Ireland, Great Britain and the EU.
Peacebuilder and ANC member Dr. Wilhlem Verwoerd explored the dynamics of betrayal when former enemies reach out across political divides at our second Una O’Higgins O’Malley Memorial Lecture in Dublin.
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