"We discussed the complex evolution of combustible terms such as genocide, crimes against humanity, racism, reconciliation, and reparations. We looked at the intricate relations between warring ethnic groups, issues of conflict resolution, and the challenges of framing the past. Events like this elicit provocative engagement, advance knowledge, and engender further questions on controversial topics that students, teachers, and the Harvard-Westlake community at large grapple with. They provide a forum for attentive listening, thoughtful reflection, and variegated voices that will allow our community to grow and, hopefully, get closer in the process. Certitude is both a stifling and dangerous phenomenon, while healthy doubt allows budding minds to wonder and expand intellectually and emotionally."
MESA Faculty Advisor