To bear witness is to engage with the complexity and simplicity of truth. In the act of doing so, we often confront the unpalatable, the unthinkable, and the irreversible. Yet, to bear witness also is to testify to transformative moments, to epiphanies, and to stunning moments of revelation that resonate within and beyond the mind, body, and spirit.
Throughout 2007 – 2008, the Weissman Center for Leadership series Bearing Witness will explore the issues of testimony, the politics of advocacy, and the multiple ways in which acts of witnessing enable, educate, and inspire us as individuals in this twenty-first century world.
The 2008 spring lecture series will feature international activist Naomi Tutu, educator Rose Bator, political commentator Jim Hightower, legal activist Terry Davis, law professor Margaret Burnham, artist Rachel Rosenthal, and journalist Maria Hinojosa. The careers, writings, art, and activism of these individuals demonstrate their commitment to social justice, human rights, self-awareness, and constructive social, political, and cross-cultural dialogue.
“You really can change the world if you care enough.”
-Marian Wright Edelman, lawyer, activist,
and founder of the Children's Defense Fund