The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter: Reflections on Conflict and Reconciliation with Justice Albie Sachs
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Bowie Vernon Room, K-262 in the Knafel Building, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 1737 Cambridge Street
Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution featuring speaker Justice Albert “Albie” Sachs, activist and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
The 2015-2016 Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. This seminar is also sponsored by Beyond Conflict. The theme for this year’s Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.
Winner of the Tang Prize for the Rule of Law in 2014, he is currently using a portion of the prize to tell the story of the making of South Africa’s democratic constitution and the Constitutional Court, which abolished capital punishment and ordered recognition of same-sex marriages. A prolific author, Albie is one of only two people to win the Alan Paton Award twice—in 1991 for his book The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter and in 2014 for The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law. A documentary about his life, Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, by Abby Ginzberg, was released in 2014.
Albie is currently an Art of Change Fellow at the Ford Foundation. During his fellowship, Albie will work to ensure that the story of the making of South Africa’s constitution reaches the most marginalized person in the tiniest corner of the land. He will also seek to integrate the film Soft Vengeance into anti-retaliation and anti-bullying programs.