*CANCELLED* Reviving the Craft of Apology

Event Cancellation Update

In-person delivery events has been cancelled due to recent guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have evaluated options for online delivery of this event and, due to the complexity of the nature and delivery of content, we will not be moving forward with Reviving the Craft of the Apology.

For further information on UBC’s response to COVID-19, please visit covid19.ubc.ca.



The rich and rewarding adventure of living our lives among people who are different from us comes with a risk: we may do or say something that hurts others, often unintentionally or out of a lack of understanding of their full context and experience.

Sometimes, others may hurt us. Sometimes the pain is already in the relationship because of historical injustices that are left to us to correct. In this context, the skills associated with offering and receiving apologies are essential to our ability to navigate complex human relationships at this time. When do we offer or accept an apology (or not), why do we do it (or not), and if we do it – how?

If these questions matter to you, please join us for an interactive morning of storytelling, reflection, and connection on the theme of apologies. We have invited a diverse group of courageous storytellers to share stories of how they have participated in an exchange of personal or public apologies. We invite you to listen to them in intimate group settings, and we ask you to help weave together and make sense of these stories for our collective learning. Please come prepared to listen with openness, stay in discomfort, drop expectation of consensus, contribute your thinking, and walk away with new learnings that may influence your own practices.


Date: March 31, 2020
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Dodson Room, IKB, UBC Campus
Light refreshments provided.


This event is hosted by graduate students in the School of Community and Regional Planning’s class on Facilitation (PLAN 595) under the direction of Dr. Aftab Erfan. Please RSVP as seating is very limited. We ask that participants stay for the whole duration of the event.