Cora di Brazzà Foundation to Host “Conscience in Action” Memory Parlor Event

A scene from The Cora Brazzà Foundation's 2023 Memory Parlor, Toward UnitySubmitted Image

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Cora di Brazzà Foundation is set to host its 2024 interdisciplinary Memory Parlor event, “Conscience in Action,” on July 17-18 at the historic Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. This year’s event honors the centennial of South Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kim Dae Jung, who also received the Philadelphia Liberty Award in 1999.

“Conscience in Action” will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day, and attendees are required to register in advance. This unique event draws inspiration from the ancient “Art of Memory” and focuses on the theme of conscience as exemplified by historical figures committed to peace and justice.

Randall Olson, a Board Member of the Foundation, explained that the event will highlight stories and ideas of individuals who have embodied moral courage throughout history. Notable figures to be explored include:

  • Dante Alighieri (1265-1321): Renowned Italian poet.
  • John Brown (1800-1859): American abolitionist.
  • Constance Lytton (1869-1923): British suffragette and prison reform advocate.
  • Violet Oakley (1874-1961): Prominent American artist and peace advocate.
  • Ham Sok Hon (1901-1989): Korean Quaker and democracy activist.

The event will delve into the concept of “public conscience” in international law and the philosophies of prominent thinkers such as Immanuel Kant and Hannah Arendt. A special highlight includes a visit to the Philip Jaisohn Memorial House in Media, PA, honoring the first Korean naturalized as a U.S. citizen and an advocate for Korean independence.

Sponsored by the Cora di Brazzà Foundation, a Michigan-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing peace through law, the event also receives support from Castello di Brazzà, The Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation, The Peace History Society, and the law offices of Berney and Sang.

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