Zimbabwe: Healing, Reconciliation and Reconstruction

The Africa Initiative and the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University are pleased to announce a two- day symposium on October 29 – 31, on the theme of healing, reconciliation and reconstruction in Zimbabwe. This meeting brings together key figures from Southern Africa and the United States to deliberate on the question of Zimbabwe’s future, the role of healing in socio-political reconstruction, and the role of democratic institutions and an informed citizenry in a peace process that goes beyond partisan proclivities.

Scheduled speakers include:
MP Sekai Holland. Zimbabwean Minister for Healing and National Cohesion Elinor Sisulu. Author of Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime.

Jestina Mukoko. Peace activist and National Director, Zimbabwe Peace Project Gertrude Hambira. Head, General Agriculture and Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe Tawanda Mutasah. Human Rights activist and Director of Programs, Open Society Institute Horace Campbell. Author, Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation Mmatshilo Motsei. Author of The Kanga and the Kangaroo Court: Reflections of the Rape Trial of Jacob Zuma.

H.E. Boniface Chidyausiku. Zimbabwean Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, The Africa Initiative is aware that ZANU-PF and MDC are both committed to promoting equality, national healing and unity under the articles of the Global Political Agreement. We believe that healing and reconciliation are not events, but processes that arise out of new ways of societal thinking that do not begin from a desire for revenge. In the words of Albert Einstein, “You cannot solve a problem by using the mindset that caused the problem in the first place.” Consequently, while there can be no legal basis for healing, there can be a legal framework to protect people and institutions against future criminal acts and impunity.

Consistent with Syracuse University’s ongoing commitment to Scholarship in Action, and Africa Initiative’s mission of providing space for constructive discourse on Africa and African peoples, we invite the participation of students, staff, faculty and all members of the Syracuse and global communities to this conference.

Thursday, October 29th:
12-2pm @ 204 Maxwell Hall
7-10pm @ Herg Auditorium, Newhouse III

Friday October 30th: 9-11am @ Hall of Languages 500
11:30am-6pm @ Herg Auditorium, Newhouse III.

Saturday, October 31st: Community Event. 2-5pm @ The Warehouse Rm. 100 Downtown Syracuse.


315) 443-3984

Sponsors: The Africa Initiative of Syracuse University and The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Co-Sponsors: Pan African Community of Central New York; African Students Union, Coalition of Multicultural Public Affairs Students