Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to join Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences for a special event titled “Reckoning with Organizational History” Monday, June 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom.
Over the last few years, organizations across the United States—including corporations, universities, and nonprofits like the American Academy of Arts & Sciences—have begun to reflect on their ties to slavery, Native genocide and other troubling elements of American history. This program will address why historical self-examination matters and what can be gained from studies of the past. It will feature leaders from a diverse group of institutions, who will discuss the reckoning process, best practices that other organizations can use and how this work can create opportunities for a better future.
The discussion will highlight “Telling Our Nation’s Story,” one of 31 recommendations in “Our Common Purpose,” the final report from the American Academy’s Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. This recommendation encourages honest conversations that bridge divides and help develop new narratives that incorporate all aspects of our history.