'Reparations After Mass Violence: Easy Ethics, Difficult Politics'

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Engleman Hall - Room D227

Please join us for a talk with special guest Henry C. Theriault, associate vice president for academic affairs &
professor of philosophy, Worcester State University.

Major mainstream as well as critical ethical theories generally support reparations in the case of mass violence.  Yet, reparative justice is rarely achieved and, even when achieved, falls short of what could be accomplished. Two factors in this failure are: (1) how much the international state system and modern political and legal organizing principles and structures are dependent on genocide as a component, and (2) the persuasiveness of rhetorical strategies deployed against the justness of reparations.  A brief overview of the arguments for genocide reparations will be given, followed by an analysis of the "base" and "superstructure" of the current world-system to expose genocide-generating and genocide-consolidating elements.  Standard objections to reparations will be examined and criticized.

About Henry Theriault:
After 19 years in the Philosophy Department of Worcester State, Henry Theriault recently moved to the role of associate vice president for academic affairs. His research focuses on reparations, victim-perpetrator relations, denial, atrocity prevention, and mass violence against women and girls. He has lectured internationally and published numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as editing/co-editing two books. He is founding co-editor of the peer-reviewed Genocide Studies International, and from 2007 to 2012 he served as co-editor Genocide Studies and Prevention. In 2017 he was elected president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

A reception will precede the talk.

This talk is supported by a Faculty Development Grant.



Engleman Hall - Room D227
501 Crescent St.
New Haven, CT 06515


Armen Marsoobian

Phone: 203-392-6788