Healing history
 3 July - 7 July

Overcoming Racism, Seeking Equity, Building Community

Conference opens at 16:30 on July 3 and closes at 12:00 on July 7

Daily programme
Workshop Tracks
The venue
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Exploring the history and legacies of racism, and how communities can work together to build trust, heal wounded memory, and create cultures of inclusion and economies that work for the benefit of all.


Representatives of academic, business, political, and faith communities; international development practitioners; grassroots activists, youth leaders and artists.


The programme will include presentations and case studies providing historical perspectives and analysis, workshops and examples of collaboration to bridge community divides. The Caux experience includes personal storytelling, times of personal reflection, informal conversation over meals and walks and practical work in teams to serve fellow delegates.

Potential outcomes
•    Appreciation of how discrimination has damaged and continues to damage societies and limit opportunity.
•    Dissemination, in philosophy and practice, of replicable approaches to address wounds of history.
•    Adoption of proven methodologies and strategies to change discriminatory structures.
•    Promotion of policy-making built on trust.
•    Formation of partnerships across traditional divides to lead a sustained movement for healing and equity.

Working Groups
•    The role of historians and community practitioners in creating inclusive narratives.
•    Healing of historical intergroup trauma.
•    Equity in health care, economic opportunity, education and criminal justice.
•    Tools for building sustainable partnerships.



  • Dr. Gail C. Christopher, vice president for programme strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is a nationally recognized leader in health policy. The foundation has identified the overcoming of racism and belief in racial hierarchy as an approach to fulfilling its mission of supporting vulnerable children. Dr Christopher is leading this effort and will participate in the conference with the goal of drawing attention to this issue and mobilizing global resources to address it.


  • Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi, biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is known as an international peacebuilder who has written widely on human rights and conflict transformation.







  • Maître Marc Leyenberger serves as a Board Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), nominated to this Commission of behalf of France. The ECRI supplies country reports and draws up policy recommendations for 47 States in Europe. He is an attorney from Strasbourg, Eastern France and he is member of the National Consultative Committee on Human Rights (CNCDH) and chairs the Sub-Committee “Racism-Xenophobia” of this same body. He is committed to health and social welfare issues both at home and abroad.

  • Dr. Scott Morris is founder and CEO of the Church Health Center, which opened in Memphis in 1987 to provide quality, affordable healthcare to uninsured working people and their families and encourage healthy bodies and spirits for all. Thanks to a broad base of support from congregations from congregations and the community, and the volunteer help of health care professionals, the Center has grown to become the largest faith-based healthcare organization of its type in the US.  Currently, the Center cares for more than 55,000 patients without relying on government funding. Dr Morris is a board-certified family practitioner and an ordained United Methodist minister.

  • Doreen Lawrence, OBE was born was born in Jamaica and moved to the UK when she was nine. She is the Director of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, named after her son who was killed by white youths in London in 1993. After the death of her son she challenged the UK justice system and the police because of their racist behaviour against her family. . The Stephen Lawrence Centre is situated in Deptford in the London Borough of Lewisham and provides professional and vocational skills as well as giving bursaries to young people who, like her son, want to study architecture. Doreen has a postgraduate degree in counseling and has been awarded eight honorary degrees by British universities for her work.
Daily programme

Please find the daily programme here!

Working GroupTracks

History and memory track

  • Museums and public history sites: instruments for acknowledgement and social inclusion. Chair: Edward Ayers, University of Richmond, USA
  • Expanding the narrative of colonialism. Chair: Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Listening to unheard voices: Roma in Kosovo. Chair: Rainer Schulze, University of Essex, UK

Public policy track

  • Social determinants of health. Chair: Antony Sheehan, University of Memphis School of Public Health, USA
  • Residential and school segregation. Chairs: Philip Tegeler, Poverty & Race Action Council, Washington, DC; Maggie Potapchuk, MP Associates, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Immigration and citizenship. Chair: Martha Gonzales Cortes, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, USA  
  • Youth. Chair: Minh Nyugen, Vietnamese American Young Leaders Assoc. of New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Learning from indigenous peoples. Chair: Terry Cross, National Indian Child Welfare Assoc. Portland, OR, USA

Human rights track

  • Criminal justice. Chair: Krish Raval, Faith in Leadership, UK, Doreen Lawrence of the Stephen Lawrence Trust, UK, will share lessons learned from the Stephen Lawrence case
  • Dimensions of prejudice in Europe. Chairs: Milica Djordjevic, Center for Youth Integration, Belgrade, Serbia; Ivan Ivanov, Executive Director, European Roma Information Office, Brussels; Dragana Jovanovic, Serbian Romani activist and member of the Serbian board of the Roma Education Fund.
  • Human trafficking: the slavery of the 21st century. Chair: Claude D’Estrée, University of Denver, USA  

Addressing the basics track

  • Understanding unconscious bias. Chairs: john powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California Berkeley; David Williams Harvard University School of Public Health; Michael Wenger, Joint  Center  for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, DC, USA
  • Reflective practice. Chair: Tamra D’Estrée, Center for Research & Practice, Conflict Resolution Program, University of Denver, USA
  • The psychology of privilege and oppression. Chairs: Katrina Browne and Juanita Brown, Tracing Center on the Histories and Legacies of Slavery, USA 

Shifting the narrative track

  • Faith leaders transforming racism from within and without: generational perspectives. Chairs: Krish Raval and representatives of Faith in Leadership, UK
  • The arts as an instrument of healing and expanding the narrative. Chair: David Ruffin, The Sanctuary Boston, Unitarian Universalist, Boston, MA, USA
  • Walking through the history of the other: South Africa, Ukraine, and USA. Chair: Paul Komesaroff, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Information: info@us.iofc.org


All discussions and lectures of the conferences will be translated simultaneously (English, German, French). Simultaneous translations into other languages will be provided according to the needs of the audience.



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