On Saturday, April 20, 2013, the Program on Negotiation co-hosted a conference on “Confronting Evil: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” in partnership with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University and the Volkswagen Foundation.
Originally scheduled to commence on Friday, April 19th, the conference had to be condensed to a single day due to the lock-down of the Boston area during the search for the Marathon bombing suspects. The timely nature of the conference brought a greater gravity to the day’s conversations. In her 2013 commencement speech, Harvard president Drew Faust highlighted the conference as an example of how Harvard is actively engaged in addressing real world concerns.
Panel 1: The Concept and Rhetoric of Evil
Panelists: 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
Panel 2: The Psychology of Evil: Cognitive, Behavioral, and Social Implications
Panelists: Max Bazerman, Harvard Business School; Joshua Greene, Harvard University; Lee Ross, Stanford University
Chair: Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University
Panel 3: Witnessing Evil in World Affairs: From Everyday Evils to Extraordinary Crimes
Panelists: Gazmend Kapllani, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Linn Normand, University of Oxford; Richard Shweder, University of Chicago
Chair: Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University
Panel 4: Responding to Evil: Should We Bargain with the Devil?
Panelists: Gabriella Blum, Harvard Law School; Charles Cogan, Harvard Kennedy School; Philip Heymann, Harvard Law School; Luis Moreno-Ocampo, New York University