Forgiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (April 21-22, 2023)


Forgiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives


April 21-22, Memorial Church, Harvard University


Co-Hosts: Harvard’s Memorial Church and the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard


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"To err is human, to forgive, divine”; but what is forgiveness? When can it rightly be sought or offered? Can it be corporate as well as an individual? What role should forgiveness play in law, public policy, or even public health? How can we become more forgiving?

The upcoming conference, “Forgiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” (April 21-22, 2023), co-hosted by Harvard’s Memorial Church and the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, will take up these important questions by bringing together eminent scholars and practitioners from philosophy, theology, psychology, law, peace studies, and public health.

The conference will be hosted in Memorial Church and will be free and open to the public



Friday (4/21/2023)

Coffee & Pastries (9:30-10:00am)

Psychology (10:00am-11:45am)

  • Robert Enright (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Francis Fincham (Florida State University)
  • Loren Toussaint (Luther College)

Lunch (11:45am-1:15pm)

Philosophy (1:15-2:45pm)

  • Myisha Cherry (University of California-Riverside)
  • Margaret Holmgren (Iowa State University)

Law (3:00-5:00pm)

  • Martha Minow (Harvard Law School)
  • Arzoo Osanloo (University of Washington)
  • Cornel Brooks (Harvard Law School)

Keynote (5:15pm-6:30pm)

Emanuel Katangole (University of Notre Dame)

Saturday (4/22/2023)

Coffee & Pastries (8:30-9:00am)

Theology (9:00-10:45am)

  • Mark Heim (Yale Divinity School)
  • Matthew Potts (Harvard’s Memorial Church, Harvard Divinity School)
  • Shaun Copeland (Boston College)

Peacekeeping (11:00am-12:45pm)

  • Daniel Philpott (University of Notre Dame)
  • Tatsushi Arai (Kent State University)
  • Mohammed Abu-Nimer (American University)

Lunch (12:15-2:00pm)

Public Health (2:00-3:45pm)

  • Everett Worthington (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Tyler VanderWeele (Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health, the Human Flourishing Program)
  • Man Yee Ho (City University of Hong Kong)
  • * Mini-presentations from Columbia, South Africa, Ukraine, Hong Kong, and Indonesia

Concluding Panel (4:00-5:00pm)