How Should Societies Remember Their Sins?

How Should Societies Remember Their Sins? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
A Zócalo Event Series, Supported by The Mellon Foundation

“How Should Societies Remember Their Sins?” is a two-year event and editorial series funded by the Mellon Foundation that explores the sins we have tried to remember, those we have tried to forget, and how individuals and institutions in the United States and around the world are finding new ways to honor victims of the past to build a more just society. Register here for updates on events in the series.



Upcoming events in the series:

What Kind of Monuments Do We Deserve?
Fall 2022

Why Isn’t Remembering Enough to Repair?
Spring 2023

Does Confronting Our History Build a Better Future?
Fall 2023

Upcoming Events in this Series

What Is Our Responsibility for Our Government’s Wars? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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What Is Our Responsibility for Our Government’s Wars?

It’s easy to pin responsibility for war on political leaders or soldiers who commit the worst atrocities, from rape and torture to bombings of civilians and ethnic cleansing. But experts note that, because of technology and other factors, modern conflicts in particular “[blur] the lines among soldiers and civilians, winners and losers.” And the injuries that accompany war—moral as well …