Arts and Ideas

Confronting Evil: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Harvard University is closed due to an ongoing public safety situation in the area. This afternoon's first session of the "Confronting Evil" is postponed until tomorrow morning, starting at 8:30. Please check here for further updates.

Live Stream, April 19-20

A conference co-sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Volkswagen Foundation.

Friday, April 19, 4 pm and Saturday, April 20, 9 am

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 19, Emerson Hall, Room 105
4 pm
Opening Remarks
Wilhelm Krull, Volkswagen Foundation
Homi Bhabha, Harvard University
Robert Mnookin, Harvard Law School

4:30 pm
Panel One: The Concept and Rhetoric of Evil
Peter-André Alt, Freie Universität Berlin
Avishai Margalit, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Susan Neiman, Einstein Forum
Elaine Pagels, Princeton University
Chair: Homi Bhabha, Harvard University

Saturday, April 20, Emerson Hall, Room 210
9 am
Panel Two: The Psychology of Evil: Cognitive, Behavioral, and Social Implications
Max Bazerman, Harvard Business School
Joshua Greene, Harvard University
Lee Ross, Stanford University
Chair: Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University

11:10 am
Panel Three: Witnessing Evil in World Affairs: From Everyday Evils to Extraordinary Crimes
Gazmend Kapllani, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Linn Normand, University of Oxford
Richard Shweder, University of Chicago
Chair: Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University

2:30 pm
Panel Four: Responding to Evil: Should We Bargain with the Devil?
Gabriella Blum, Harvard Law School
Charles Cogan, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Philip Heymann, Harvard Law School
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, New York University
Chair: Robert Mnookin, Harvard Law School

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Limited parking provided at Broadway Garage.

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