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24. June 14
The crisis of 1914 and what it means for us today Carnegie Council symposium

JUNE 24–29, 2014. - IVO BANAC, MUSTAFA CERIĆ, MICHAEL IGNATIEFF, MARGARET MACMILLAN, ADAM ROBERTS, DAVID RODIN, JOEL H. ROSENTHAL, GEORGE RUPP

Before the cataclysm of 1914, visionaries like Andrew Carnegie believed that law, international arbitration, and the diffusion of shared knowledge could tame war. A century later, these dreams may seem fanciful, but their idealism continues to challenge the realist insistence that war, like poverty, will always be with us.

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination in Sarajevo, it is time to return to Andrew Carnegie's idealist dreams by closely examining one important antidote to war: reconciliation. How and why do enemies reconcile? How do peoples forgive and forget, or at least forgive? How do they create new, shared institutions? What are the ethical demands of peace-building in societies that have been divided by war?

In June 2014, Carnegie Council will assemble a delegation for a visit to Sarajevo to address these questions and commemorate the events that contributed to the start of World War I. We will organize a public symposium and participate in the international commemoration organized by the City of Sarajevo.This event is held in partnership with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) and will take place at the Gazi Husrev-bey Library.

"I hope that conversations about World War I will not focus on competing narratives of victimhood. That would be a dead end. Let's remember victims—but let's honor memory by pointing toward a positive future." —Joel H. Rosenthal, President, Carnegie Council

"The venue we have selected for this occasion is the Gazi Husrev-bey Library, the oldest continuously running educational institution in Sarajevo. Founded in 1537, with its difficult history of perseverance and survival, its educational mission makes it the perfect place for recognizing Carnegie Council's long-standing commitment to education." —Haris Hromić, Trustee, Carnegie Counc