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In February 2018, Poland’s Senate passed a controversial bill that outlaws publicly invoking Polish complicity in Nazi atrocities. Poland and its critics are now engaged in a bitter debate over history and collective memory, underscoring the importance of historical inquiry in international and public affairs. Green School faculty explore the intersection of history, experience, and memory in the construction of national and cultural identities, the shaping of political discourse and civic life, and the resurgence of debates related to reconciliation. Historical inquiry and the phenomenon of collective memory is especially significant in societies dealing with the aftermath of conflict, human rights abuse, and genocide.