In addition to inviting individuals involved in the Holocaust, those invited to participate will include individuals involved in reconciliation issues in nations such as South Africa, Guatemala, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, Rwanda and Burundi, Northern Ireland, as well as those grappling with forgiveness and reconciliation in the fields of theology, psychotherapy, politics and the arts. This list is only a partial list. Many more speakers and participants will be invited over the next several months.
Initial List of Speakers to be Invited:
Gerry Adams, President, Sinn Fein.
Mahnaz Afkhami, Minister of State for Women's Affairs, Iran (1976-1978); Director, Sisterhood is Global Institute.
Sven Alkalaj, Ambassador to the United States, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, President, Haiti (1991-1996).
Hanaan Ashrawi, Cabinet Minister, Palestine National Authority.
Smail Balic, Professor, Department of Islamic-Theological Studies, University of Sarajevo; Author, Das unbekannte Bosnien (The Unknown Bosnia).
Roy F. Baumeister, Professor, Department of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University; Elsie B. Smith Professor of Liberal Arts, Case Western Reserve University.
Moshe Bejski, Former Chair, Commission for Recognition of Righteous Gentiles, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.
Alan L. Berger, Raddock Eminent Scholar and Chairman, Holocaust Studies, Florida Atlantic University; Author, Crisis and Covenant and Judaism in the Modern World.
Bill Bradley, former U.S. Senator.
Thomas Borer, Swiss Ambassador; Head, Swiss Task Force on Holocaust-Related Issues.
Robert McAfee Brown, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics, Pacific School of Religion; Author, Theology in a New Key; Elie Wiesel: Messenger to All Humanity and Spirituality and Religion and Violence: A Primer for White America.
Lee Butler, Commander, U.S. Strategic Air Command (1990-1994).
Ed Cairns, Center for the Study of Conflict, University of Ulster.
Harry James Cargas, Vice President, Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust; Member, Executive Board, Catholic Center for Holocaust Studies; Author, A Christian Response to the Holocaust; Conversations and Elie Wiesel; Voices from the Holocaust and Reflections of a Post-Auschwitz Christian.
Jimmy Carter, President of the United States (1977-1981).
Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy, President of the Vatican Commision on Religious Relations With the Jews.
Rosann Catalano, Catholic theologian at the Institute for Christian-Jewish Studies.
Daniel Callahan, Director of the Hastings Institute of Ethics.
Audrey R. Chapman, Program Director for Science and Human Rights, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Warren Christopher, former U.S. Secretary of State.
Robert Coles, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities, Harvard Medical School; James Agee Professor of Social Ethics, Harvard University; Author, The Spiritual Life of Children; The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination.
Yael Dayan, Member, Israeli Knesset.
The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1989.
The Most Reverend Pierre Duprey, Vice President of the Vatican Commision on Religious Relations With the Jews.
Stuart Eizenstat, U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce; Special U.S. Envoy on Property Restitution in Central and Eastern Europe.
Eugene J. Fisher, Associate Director, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Edward H. Flannery, Member, National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations; Member, Executive Committee, National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel; Author, The Anguish of the Jews.
Eva Fleischner, Professor Emerita of Religion, Montclair State University; Member, Church Relations Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council; Member, Advisory Board of the U.S. Catholic Conference, Office of Catholic-Jewish Relations; Author, The View of Judaism in German Christian Theology and Auschwitz: Beginning a New Era?
Salima Ghezali, Algerian human rights leader; 1997 Sacharow Prize Winner.
Lynn Green, Leader, The Reconciliation Walk.
Edward M. Gurowitz, Ph.D., Author, The Molecular Basis of Memory; "The Need for Forgiveness", Manager Magazine, Germany.
Mikhail Gorbachev, President, Soviet Union (1985-1991); Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1990.
Thich Nhat Hahn, Vietnamese Buddhist Leader.
Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Writer, The Jerusalem Report; Author, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist.
Vaclav Havel, President, The Czech Republic
Arthur Hertzberg, Bronfman Visiting Professor of the Humanities, New York University; Professor Emeritus of Religion, Dartmouth College; Author, The Zionist Idea; The French Enlightenment and the Jews; The Jews in America and Judaism.
Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, Notre Dame.
Mirsad Jacevic, Former President, United Nations Youth Group, Sarajevo; Leader of AIESEC; Head, World University Service, Vienna Office; Coordinator, Academic Lifeline for Bosnia Herzegovina, North America.
Jesse Jackson, President, The Rainbow Coalition
Gerald Jampolsky, Founder, Center for Attitudinal Healing; Author, Love is Letting Go of Fear.
Lord Greville Janner, Member, House of Lords.
Kim Dae-jung, President, South Korea.
Barbara John, Commissioner for Foreigners' Affairs, Berlin.
Laity Kama, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Sam Keen, Author, Faces of the Enemy.
Ethel Kennedy, Widow of Robert F. Kennedy.
Sisi V. Khampepe, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, South Africa.
Coretta Scott King, Widow of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Henry Kissinger, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1973; Chairman, Kissinger and Associates.
Cardinal Franz Kšenig, Former Archbishop of Vienna; Appointed Cardinal, 1958; Author, The Bible in View of World History and Christ and World Religions.
Madeline Kunin, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden.
Harold S. Kushner, Rabbi Laureate, Temple Israel, Natick, Massachusetts; Author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
Rabbi Israel Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel.
Michael Lapsley, Member of the Anglican Church.
Miles Lerman, Chairman, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Robert Jay Lifton, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the City University of New York; Director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Author, Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust 1933-1945 and Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory.
Franklin H. Littell, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Temple University; Author The Crucifixion of the Jews.
Hubert G. Locke, Co-founder and Vice President, Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust; Author Exile in the Fatherland: Martin Niemoeller's Letters from Moabit Prison and The Church Confronts the Nazis.
Erich H. Loewy, Professor and Alumni Chair of Bioethics, University of California, Davis; Author, Ethical Dilemmas in Modern Medicine: A Physician's Viewpoint and Suffering and the Beneficent Community.
Catherine McGuinness, Chair, Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, Ireland.
Nelson Mandela, President, South Africa.
Martin E. Marty, Teacher of American Religious History, University of Chicago; Senior Editor, The Christian Century; Author, Modern American Religion.
Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1994.
George J. Mitchell, former Senate Majority leader; Chairman, Northern Ireland Peace Talks.
Eva Morales, Human Rights Activist, Guatemala; Labor Organizer, Founder, Mothers of the Disappeared.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda.
Amos Oz, Author, Hill of Evil Council; Where the Jackals Howl and Other Stories.
John T. Pawlikowski, Servite Order Priest; Professor of Social Ethics, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago; Author, The Challenge of the Holocaust for Christian Theology and Jesus and the Theology of Israel.
Goran Persson, Swedish Prime Minister.
Navenethem Pillay, Associate Justice, South Africa Supreme Court; Member, Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal.
Arn Chorn Pond, Survivor of the Cambodian killing fields; Co-founder, Children of War; Recipient, Reebok Human Rights Award on behalf of Children of War
Shimon Peres, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1995; Founder, The Peres Center for Peace.
Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1994.
Lea Rabin, First Lady, Israel (1992-1995).
David Rosen, Rabbi, Director of the Israel Office of the Anti-Defamation League and co-liaison with the Vatican.
John Rowles, Professor, Harvard School of Law.
Jehan Sadat, First Lady, Egypt (1970-1981).
Nathan Sharansky, Member, Israeli Knesset.
Richard Shifter, Member, U.S. National Security Council; former Assistant Secretary of Human Rights.
Dorothee Soelle, Theologian and Teacher, Union Theological Seminary, New York; Author, Choosing Life; Of War and Love; Political Theology; and Beyond Mere Obedience.
Jeffrey Sonis, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan.
Ervin Staub, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; author, The Roots of Evil: The Origins of Genocide and Other Group Violence.
André Stein, Professor, Department of Human Communication, University of Toronto; Author, Broken Silence: Dialogues from the Edge; Quiet Heroes: True Stories of the Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Holland and Hidden Children: Forgotten Survivors of the Holocaust.
Ricardo Stein, Minister of Peace, Guatemala; Sanford Commission member.
Elan Steinberg, Executive Director, World Jewish Congress; Special U.S. Envoy on property restitution in Central and Eastern Europe.
David Steindl-Rast, Camaldolese Monk, Immaculate Heart Hermitage.
Sir Sigmund Sternberg, Sternberg Foundation.
Nechama Tec, Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut; Author, Defiance: The Bielski Partisans; Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood and When Light Pierced the Darkness: Christian Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland.
Joseph Telushkin, Rabbi, Synagogue of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles; Author, Jewish Literacy; and Words That Hurt, Words That Heal.
David Trimble, Head of the Ulster Unionist Party; First Minister of Northern Ireland.
The Most Reverend Desmund Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1984; Chair, South Africa Truth Commission; Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town.
Tzvetan Todorov, Director of Research, Centre National de Recherches, Paris; Author, Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in the Concentration Camps.
Paul Volcker, former Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank; Chair, Volcker Commission.
Cornel West, Professor of Religion and Director of Afro-American Studies, Princeton University; Professor of Afro-American Studies and the Philosophy of Religion, Harvard University.
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1986.
Simon Wiesenthal, Co-founder, Jewish Historical Documentation Center, whose tasks were to identify and locate Nazi war criminals; was instrumental in bringing over 1,100 Nazi criminals to justice; Author, The Murders Among Us; Justice, Not Vengeance; Sails of Hope; and Every Day Remembrance Day.
Eric Williams, former Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago; Author, Capitalism and Slavery.
David Sloan Wilson, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Binghamton University.
Harry Wu, Imprisoned by the Chinese Communist Government for nineteen years in a labor camp in Laogai, China; Author, Laogai: Bitter Winds; and Troublemaker.
Edith Wyschogrod, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought Professor, Rice University; Author, Spirit in Ashes: Hegel, Heidegger and Man-Made Mass Death; The Ethics of Remembering: History, Heterology and the Nameless Others.
Alexander Yakovlev, Director, Russian Presidential Commission on the Rehabilitation of Prisoners, tasked to investigate the crimes of the Stalin regime.
Andrew Young, Former Aide to Martin Luther King, Jr.; Former Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia; United States Ambassador to the United Nations.