Picking Cotton: rape, identity, conviction, liberation & forgiveness

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton - PopTech 2010 - Camden, Maine

The story of Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton is one of liberation and forgiveness. In 1984, Thompson testified that Cotton raped her, for which he was sentenced to life in prison.  Eleven years later, DNA evidence cleared him of the crime.  Thompson and Cotton went on to write a memoir together about their experience.

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Frans deWaal: Reconciliation in the World of Chimp Politics

Renowned primatologist, psychologist and ethologist Frans de Waal wants to convince us we’re all basically apes, saying we’d be much happier if we paid attention to some of the basic principals of cooperative social behavior that even primates are sensitive to. Watching monkeys engage in peace-making, power relationships and reciprocity is a potent reminder of just how alike we are.
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