Can there be reconciliation between a victim and an oppressor once the repression has ended? The First Year Seminar (FYS) “Truth, Reconciliation and Forgiveness” that Assistant Professor of History Dolita Cathcart has taught for the past two years explores the idea. In the course, she examines the history of repression through the lens of slavery, genocide, the Holocaust and apartheid to consider how groups can move on to build a better world. Cathcart, who has a doctoral degree in American history, mainly researches the political transformation of elite African American women at the turn of the 20th century. She most recently published Crossing Borders, Making Homes: Stories of Resilient Women. The Quarterly asked her about her FYS.