History of the Present

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History of the Present I. Orientation: The Challenge of “Headline History” a. “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” i. William Faulkner b. “In Africa, when an old man dies, it’s a library burning.” i. Amadou Hampate Ba II. Questions a. How do we make sense of today’s news headlines? b. How is Africa’s present informed by its past? c. How can we mobilize history to understand the present? III.Confronting the Past in South Africa a. 1996: Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) begins i. Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act , No 34 of 1995 1. Built into constitution 2. Form of social headling/coming to terms with the past ii. Headed by Desmond Tutu 1. Took on role as religious figure to help articulate what commission was about iii. Designed to bring about reconciliation in South African society iv. Influenced by other models 1. Nuremburg Trials-legal proceeding for Nazi leaders 2. Latin America: Argentina, Chile, Guatemala
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b. Key Question: How is justice to be achieved when injustice is systematic in orientation? i.
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