Doing Justice to the Past: What the World Owes to the Comfort Women

April 12, 2017 - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Carol Gluck

The practices and norms of public memory have changed in the seventy years since the end of World War II, creating what Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, calls a "global memory culture."

Changes in the law, the role of witnesses, the realm of rights, the politics of apology, and concepts of responsibility have transformed our understanding of doing justice to the past. And in each instance the former comfort women have played a role in that transformation, helping to change attitudes toward sexual violence and women's rights -- helping, in short, to change the world.

Event is also co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Triangle Consortium for Japanese Studies.

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  • Asian/Pacific Studies Institute

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