Few other species turn on their own members with the ferocity that human beings demonstrate. Our historical path is strewn with warfare, torture, mass murder and the abuse of women and children. Is it inherent our genes? Our souls? In the shapes of our societies? And is there any promise of improvement?
Adam Hochschild has reported from conflict zones in eastern Congo, El Salvador, and apartheid-era South Africa. His books include “King Leopold’s Ghost,” “To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918,” “Bury the Chains,” and “The Unquiet Ghost.” A co-founder of Mother Jones magazine, he is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.
Mac McClelland is an award-winning journalist and author of “Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story” and “For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question: A Story From Burma’s Never-Ending War.”
Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning Norwegian journalist and writer known for her work as a war correspondent. She is the author of “The Bookseller of Kabul,” “One Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal,” “Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya,” and the new “One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway.”
Lars Fredrik Svendsen
Lars Fredrik Svendsen is a Norwegian philosopher, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen, and the author of several books, including “A Philosophy of Boredom,” “Fashion: a Philosophy,” “A Philosophy of Fear,” “Work (The Art of Living),” and “A Philosophy of Freedom."