Glencree Una O'Higgins O'Malley Annual Lecture

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Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

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Dr Verwoerd, will explore the troubling dynamics of betrayal evoked when former enemies dare to reach across deep, bloody political divides.

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It gives us great pleasure to invite you to attend the 2nd annual Una O'Higgins O'Malley Memorial Lecture. A founding member of Glencree, Una campaigned throughout her life for peace and reconciliation. Una was a solicitor, poet, mother of six, wife to Professor Dr Eoin O'Malley and daughter of Kevin O'Higgins, who was minister for justice and external affairs and a leading architect of the Irish Free State. Una was only a few months old when her father was shot dead 1927. Despite the violent loss of her father, Una dedicated her life to relentless campaigning for reconciliation, even forgiving the killer of her father, despite claims he had ‘danced on his victim’s grave’. Una tragically died in 2005, but remains a source of inspiration for all of us in Glencree who continue to work for peace, reconciliation and a better future for all on the island of Ireland and those in conflict throughout the world.

Keynote Address: 'Reconciliation as Betrayal' - Dr. Wilhelm Verwoerd.

In a recent book, 'On Betrayal', the Jewish American political philosopher Avishai Margalit quotes the '(once) bigoted' Rev. Ian Paisley as having said: "Bridges and traitors are the same for they are trying to reach the other side” (2017:222). While Dr Verwoerd is strongly inclined to disagree with the (in)famous reverend’s political views, he thinks Rev. Paisley is drawing attention to a vital obstacle to sustainable peace, namely the oft neglected connection between betrayal and reconciliation-as-bridge-building.

In this lecture he will explore the troubling dynamics of betrayal typically evoked when former enemies dare to reach across deep, bloody political divides. He will share key insights from a Beyond Dehumanisation international research project, which gathered practical wisdom from reconciliation practitioners and former combatants/survivors in South Africa, Israel-Palestine and from the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. Dr. Verwoerd will also draw on his own personal and professional journeys, guided by the belief that a greater appreciation of the dynamics of (intragroup and intrapersonal) betrayal is needed if we are really serious about the lasting transformation of apartheid, in South Africa and beyond.

Our Lecture will be followed by a Panel Discussion and Q & A session.

Please join us after the event for a wine & canapé reception.

We hope you can make it.

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Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

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