Peace Paradigm Radio, July 12: Mandela and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela 


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In this show, Stephanie and Michael talk with U.C. Berkeley professor Catherine Cole about the promise and limitations of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the TRC model in general.

Films about the TRC: 

Long Night’s Journey into Day

In My Country 



Guest bio: 


Ph.D., Northwestern University. Cole teaches African Performance, Field Methods, Postcolonial Studies, and Disability Studies. She is the author ofPerforming South Africa’s Truth Commission: Stages of Transition (2010) as well as Ghana’s Concert Party Theatre (2001).   In addition to recently serving as the editor of Theatre Survey, Cole has co-edited the book Africa After Gender? (2007), a special issue of Theatre Survey on African and Afro-Caribbean Performance, and a forthcoming special issue of TDR: The Drama Review entitled “Routes of Blackface.” She is the lead curator on the exhibition “Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr,” which opened at the Bancroft Library in Fall 2012 and co-convener of the Townsend Humanities Center Working Group “Making UC Futures.” Cole’s dance theater piece Five Foot Feat, created in collaboration with Christopher Pilafian, toured North America in 2002-2005. She has published articles in Africa, Critical InquiryDisability Studies QuarterlyResearch in African LiteraturesTheatreTheatre Journal, and TDR, as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes. Cole’s research has received funding from the National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fund for U.S. Artists, American Association of University Women, ELA Foundation, and University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.


Mid-show music is by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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    By: Stephanie Van Hook

    Before joining the Metta Center Team as Executive Director, Stephanie received an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University; was trained and certified in mediation in the state of Oregon; worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, where she created a program for girls’ empowerment and education; has taught French and English for the Alliance Francaise; and was trained in Montessori Early Childhood Education with seven years of classroom experience with 3-6 year olds. 

    She is the author of Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children (Person Power Press, 2016) and Nonviolence Daily: 365 Days of Wisdom from Gandhi (Person Power Press, 2019, co-authored with Michael Nagler).  Her articles have been published at Transformation at Open Democracy, Yes! Magazine, Common Dreams, and Waging Nonviolence. Additionally, she’s host of Nonviolence Radio, an FM and Pacifica syndicated radio program out of Point Reyes Station, California, (KWMR). She’s currently developing our board game, Cosmic Peaceforce: Mission Harmony Three.

    She lives in an ashram (meditation community) in Northern California, (but if she didn’t, she’d be keen on joining the Nonviolent Peaceforce as an unarmed peacekeeper).

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