IIIS and Centre for Post Conflict Justice
Against Remembrance by David Reiff. Discussants: Dr Ronit Lentin, Department of Sociology and Dr Geraldine Smyth, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin
Date: Friday October 21st, 2011
Venue: IIIS Seminar Room, 6th Floor Arts Building, Trinity College David Reiff will discuss his recent book Against Remembrance, followed by comments on healing through remembering in Northern Ireland by Geraldine Smyth and memory in Israel/Palestine by Ronit Lentin. Internationally acclaimed author and journalist David Rieff currently teaches History of Humanitarian Action at the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences-Po.During the 1990s, he covered conflicts in Africa (Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Liberia), the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosovo), and Central Asia. Now a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor for the New Republic, he has written extensively about Iraq, and, more recently, about Latin America. He is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute at the New School for Social Research, a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, he is a board member of Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute and of Independent Diplomat. He is the author of eight books, including Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West and A Bed for the Night:Humanitarianism in Crisis. His memoir of his mother’s final illness, Swimming in a Sea of Death, appeared in January 2008. His most recent book is entitled Against Remembrance (2009).Currently he is working on a book about the global food crisis.