Janine di Giovanni is an award-winning author and writer and a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and in 2020 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her their highest prize in non-fiction for her lifetime body of work, which focuses on human rights abuse during war time.
Through her 30-year career as a war reporter, she has witnessed genocide (in Bosnia and Rwanda) as well as torture, forced expulsion, systematic rape and mass refugee movements.
Despite the darkness of her work, she believes societies and individuals are vastly resilient and have enormous potential to heal. She discusses whether or not healing, reconciliation and forgiving is possible in such extreme situations – and how it can ultimately come down to individuals healing their own souls.