On December 1, Distinguished University Professor Margaret Burnham and author Menachem Kaiser talked about Kaiser’s book Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure and how the questions raised in the book about seeking reparations may or may not be applied to other instances of loss, and how that might be different from restorative justice. The conversation delved into some of the details of Kaiser’s adventures and engaged in deeply thoughtful questions about the value, morality, and repercussions of pursuing these quests. A large hybrid audience participated, with attendees from around the country.
Margaret Burnham is University Distinguished Professor of Law, and Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University. Menachem Kaiser is a journalist and author.
This event was part of the Fall 2021 Myra Kraft Open Classroom Repairing a Divided America, and was co-sponsored by Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Committee, Departments of English and History, Africana Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Humanities Center, the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the College of Arts, Media and Design, and by Boston3G.
A recording of this event may be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jnEX1x9XNE