Nancy Sherman Appointed Public Policy Scholar by Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
During this time Nancy will conduct research on her upcoming project, Resilience After War. This research will follow on issues Nancy took up in The Untold War. In particular, she will analyze such issues as these:
- How, for example, do we understand hope in the face of severe bodily disfigurement where “carrying on,” resuming life, is radically discontinuous with what went before?
- Is hope dependent on a certain kind of passivity, or does it involve a robust sense of agency and imagination?
- How do we understand a notion of self-empathy and forgiveness that might assuage the awful sense of guilt many bring home from war?
- To what degree are the new techniques of positive psychology and optimism, notably in the work of Martin Seligman, credible, and based on plausible conceptions of happiness and flourishing?
The Department wishes to congratulate Nancy on this important award.