In celebration of the 44th anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Social Sciences (CAS-DSS) through the Political Science Division held the first of a lectures series called “Reimagining Philippine politics and governance” on Nov. 17 at the NCAS Auditorium.
The inaugural lecture featured Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno, chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, as its speaker. Her lecture, entitled “The essential place of facts in today’s democracy,” talked about how modern society has grown to have a casual disregard to truth. She also noted the alarming tendency of the people towards what she referred to as a negative revision of history.
Dr. Diokno proceeded to expound on those two topics using examples taken from contemporary Philippine history and current events to further illustrate her point.
She concluded her lecture by differentiating between scholarly revisionism and negative revisionism. According to her, the former is where historians amend historical facts based on new evidence and introduce new interpretations of historical events and themes, while the latter distorts history through various means in order to advance certain agendas.
Dr. Diokno’s lecture was followed by an open forum where students asked questions on how negative revisionism could be mitigated. She answered that this can be done through critical thinking and being more organized as a society concerned for the country.
Present during the lecture were Dr. Felino Lansigan, dean of CAS, who delivered the opening remarks; Prof. Dwight David Diestro, chair of DSS, who introduced the guest speaker; and John Raymond Jison, head of the DSS Political Science Division, who gave the closing remarks.
The UP Rural High School Glee Club provided an intermission number during the event. (Albert Geoffred B. Peralta)