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UW-Madison’s Enright delivers presentations about forgiveness work at conferences overseas

February 11, 2019

UW-Madison’s Robert Enright recently delivered three presentations about his groundbreaking forgiveness work at various conferences overseas. 

Enright is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He has pioneered the study of forgiveness in locations across the globe for more than three decades. 

Professor Robert Enright
UW-Madison's Robert Enright has pioneered the
study of forgiveness for more than three decades.
On Jan. 9 Enright gave a keynote address titled, “Forgiveness among those in Prison: From Practice to research outcomes” to the forensics conference, Forgiveness and restorative Justice Among Prisoners, which took place at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Three professors from different Israeli universities are now in discussion with Enright about collaborative research on forgiveness therapy for imprisoned people. 

On Jan. 16, Enright attended the Sympozium Integrativna Onkologia at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovakia. Here he delivered another keynote address, titled “Forgiveness, multiple myeloma, and other blood cancers,” which hypothesizes that forgiveness therapy for those suffering from multiple myeloma with ongoing resentment from past injustices will strengthen their immune systems, which may positively affect the progression of the disease.

At the annual 4Corners Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Enright gave a presentation on forgiveness education to over 100 educators on Feb. 1. Prior to the event, Enright gave interviews to BBC Scotland and to the Irish Times newspaper. His forgiveness education programs have been implemented in Belfast and surrounding areas for 17 years.

Enright has constructed a framework for teaching people how to forgive and how to see inherent worth in others. Enright has developed this ​work into a 20-step forgiveness program that he regards as essential for achieving a forgiving life. This program is divided into four phases: uncovering your anger; deciding to forgive; working on forgiveness; and discovery and release from emotional prison. He has researched the effects this program can have on emotional wellbeing in regions across the globe.

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