TRC to host Dr. Colleen Murphy

The Borough of Carlisle’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will host its next “Thinking About Race Thursday” event on Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cumberland County Historical Society’s Todd Hall, 21 North Pitt Street.

For the October event, the TRC has invited Dr. Colleen Murphy to speak. Dr. Murphy is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy & Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also serves as the Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program at the Illinois Global Institute. Dr. Murphy’s areas of research include political philosophy, risk ethics, and transitional justice. She is also the author of several books, including The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice, which received the North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award.

“Our Commission met with Dr. Murphy several months ago, and we were all highly impressed at her transitional justice expertise, and her critical examinations of similar commissions,” said TRC member Andrew Razanauskas. “We’re very excited to welcome her to Carlisle, and to invite our community into dialogue, learning, and consideration for the TRC’s next steps.”

 “Thinking About Race Thursday” events began in December of 2021 as a way for the TRC to hear directly from individuals in the community who have been impacted by systemic racism. Held quarterly, these events are designed to build trust and form relationships, as well as provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about the TRC’s goals and progress.

In addition to in-person attendance at the October 13 event, Zoom attendance is available. Individuals may use this link to join the Zoom event:

The TRC’s mission statement commits the group to improving racial justice and racial equity by engaging the community in truth-telling and reconciliation. The TRC also examines policies and practices that contribute to systemic racism and develops guidance for Borough officials about the next steps for making the community more just and equitable.

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