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HTAL Spring Series Poster

Reparations to Africa and African Americans/Canadians

Part of Hamilton Third Age Learning’s Spring Lecture Series. 

In this talk. Professor Howard-Hassmann will discuss the 21st century social movement for reparations to Africa for the slave trade and colonialism, as well as the social movements for reparations to African-Americans and African-Canadians.

She will describe the obstacles to success of these social movements, as compared to the successful reparations claims for Jewish and other victims of the Holocaust, and Japanese-Americans and Canadians interned during WWII.

She will continue with discussion of different types of reparations, including formal apologies and truth commissions as well as financial reparations. She will conclude with a discussion of what reparations might be feasible, in all three cases.

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmen Headshot

Rhoda Howard-Hassmann is Professor Emerita at Wilfrid Laurier University, where from 2003 to 2016 she held the Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights.

Earlier she taught in the Sociology Department at McMaster University for 27 years. Among many other scholarly works, she is the author of the book, Reparations to Africa, published in 2008, and several subsequent short essays on reparations to Africa, African-Americans, and African-Canadians.

She has won several academic awards for her work on international human rights, and is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Order of Ontario, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

She lives in Hamilton.