Could human misery in the world be reduced by breaking the chains of repression and revenge?




The legacy of enslavement and colonialism is explored as determinants of ever-widening disparities and continued domination.


Humans everywhere have aimed to dominate, exploiting both other humans and nature, and competing, often viciously, for access to resources. This series of webinars hosted by the Joline Young Heritage Consultancy (JYHC) shines a light on relatively recent evidence of systemic exploitation in the USA, South Africa, and Canada, with a view to addressing ways to break the cycles of domination, exploitation, hatred, repression, and revenge.


Violent contests over land and other resources have been a constant in the history of humankind. Conquering groups typically dominate and brutalise the conquered. Repression leads to resentment, which, in turn, leads to revenge, perpetuating and aggravating the conflict. Children are born into environmental situations where they are traumatised by war, dispossession, and other forms of human cruelty. They learn to take sides and to hate before reaching kindergarten — if they are fortunate enough to be sent to school.

Human behaviour has not only impacted generations of human beings, but it has also devastated the environment. As indigenous communities were conquered, their hunter-gatherer economies were destroyed, which created crises, not only for the indigenous people, but for animals and ultimately the environment on which humanity depends for its sustainability.

For people living in areas beset with human conflict, patterns of human cruelty and revenge-seeking continue ad infinitum. These behaviours negatively impact children who become shaped by human cruelty and revenge-seeking in their formative years. To change mankind’s destructive behaviour, old patterns need to be broken and new patterns of human behaviour need to be consciously (deliberatively) developed.

Design of the webinar series

In support of an in-depth exploration of the theme for this series of webinars, the following experts will lead the following sessions:

 5 September, 2021 1. Tony Gorton

The transatlantic slave trade

Tony Gorton is Adjunct Professor of History and Humanities at the Lausanne campus of Pepperdine University. He teaches the Modern History of Africa and the Modern History of the Middle East. He has degrees in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (Univ. of London) and the University of Wales. He has family connections to Africa and lived and taught for two years in Ethiopia.

12 September, 2021 2. Kathleen Mahoney

Ending the cycle of repression and revenge in Canada

Kathleen Mahoney is Professor of law at The University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a QC, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, among other distinctions. She represented Bosnia Herzegovina in their genocide action in the International Court of Justice, and she was the Chief negotiator for the Assembly of First Nations for the historic Canadian Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She was recently appointed Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights Canadian Co-Chair.

19 September, 2021 3. Mark McCormack

Hegel: From the slaughter bench of history to blessedness

Mark McCormack has a high school diploma and is an Ice Road trucker. He has spent roughly 73,000 hours studying how to change the world with 12 years of transdisciplinary education at the University of Alberta, Canada; 10 years of organizing experience with Make Poverty History; along with 3,000 concentrated hours in studying Hegel. He has been known to synthesize theory with practice and is currently channeling Weltgeist into a Peaceful Revolution to change the world.


26 September, 2021 4. Joline Young

Historical and intergenerational trauma in rural Western Cape

Joline Young is a social historian, published author and historical site guide who runs a heritage consultancy in Cape Town. She is currently working on an art exhibition at a historic estate, which focuses on the Legacy of Slavery. Joline has also done research for the Psychology Dept of the University of Free State, around the topic of historical and intergenerational trauma. Her MA thesis on The Enslaved People of Simon’s Town is available online.





3 October, 2021







5. Colin Soskolne

Science is misused in support of dominant interests: How and why?

Colin Soskolne is Professor emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada; Emeritus Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, and in the Collegium Ramazzini. He was engaged in occupational & environmental health research, teaching, and service until his retirement in 2013.  In August, he received the 2021 RESEARCH INTEGRITY AWARD of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). His most recent senior-authored publication forms the basis today’s webinar.


10 October, 2021 6. Lionel Davis

Former Robben Island prisoner: A discussion about forgiveness

Lionel Davis is an artist, writer and political activist who has a BA Fine Arts degree, attained at the age of 58. Lionel also worked as a prison guide at the Robben Island Museum, where he had previously been incarcerated.

Lionel Davis will speak about his  experiences as a prisoner on Robben Island and his later employment there for more than 10 years, when he was employed at the Robben Island Museum as a tour guide and heritage educator.”

17 October, 2021 7. A PANEL including several of the above speakers for an open discussion under the theme:

What we have learnt and to what end?


  • The webinars will be 1.5 hours long, except for the final one which will be 2 hours. The Webinar leader will speak for up to 60 minutes, leaving the final 30 minutes for open discussion. Each session will be moderated by either Michael Power, Joline Young or Colin Soskolne.
  • The series runs on Sunday evenings, starting at 7:00pm South African time, which is 1:00pm in New York / Toronto / Montreal, and 11:00am in Calgary, Alberta.

Registration and fees:
Attend all 7 webinars for US $70.00; book at the link at the bottom of this page. To attend a single webinar for US $20.00, please follow the links in the list below.

Tony Gorton

The transatlantic slave trade by Tony Gorton

Kathleen Mahoney

Ending the cycle of repression and revenge in Canada – Kathleen Mahoney

Mark McCormack

Hegel: From the slaughter bench of history to blessedness – Mark McCormack

Joline Young

Historical trauma in rural Western Cape – Joline Young

Colin Soskolne

Science is misused in support of dominant interests: How and why? – Colin Soskolne

Lionel Davis

Former Robben Island prisoner: Lionel Davis

Panel discussion: What have we learnt and to what end?

A panel discussion:

Distribution of income from the series

Presenters receive no fee, providing their expertise as a charitable contribution to the Joline Young Heritage Consultancy and the PHA Farmworkers Communal Kitchen:

Twenty percent of the registration fees will be donated to the PHA Farmworkers Communal Kitchen.




This series flows from the Joline Young Heritage Consultancy hosted webinar led by 
Sandra Rowoldt Shell on June 6, 2021 “Talking to God: Neville Alexander’s Oromo 
Heritage”. The idea to further explore what this webinar exposed was initiated by 
Michael Power and resulted in this proposal which was developed by  Michael Power,
Joline Young and Colin Soskolne.

The artwork on the image cover was done by the late Nicole Joy Young.



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