By Katie Faulkner, ’17
More than two dozen guest speakers from around the country will participate in the 29th Annual Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference Oct. 13-16 at St. Bonaventure University.
The conference is open to the public and all members of the community interested in contemporary politics, feminism and issues surrounding war are encouraged to attend.
St. Bonaventure professor of philosophy Dr. Barry Gan will present on “Clinton, Trump and Pacifism” Saturday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Swan Business Center Room 209.
“At a time in our country’s history when the populace seems so divided, this conference presents to our community an opportunity to engage with diverse viewpoints on topical issues such as women’s rights, war, the environment, and politics in general,” said Gan.
Keynote speakers Medea Benjamin and Robert L. Holmes will address topics in their professional fields.
Benjamin, co-founder of the feminist anti-war group Code Pink is known for speaking out against unfair labor practices and drone warfare. She is a Thomas Merton Center Peace Award recipient, as well as a co-founder of Global Exchange. Her presentation is titled “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.”
Holmes, an emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester, earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. An expert in pacifism and nonviolence, he has published several books on the issues of ethics, morality and philosophy. His presentation is titled “Understanding War.”
“We are hopeful that as philosophers we can contribute intelligently to these issues,” said Gan. By opening our conference to the community we hope to present an openness in spirit that our country needs.”
For more information or to register, please go to www.sbu.edu/philosophersforpeace
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