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Sonoma State's War and Peace Lecture Series Dives Head-Long into Surveillance-Online Privacy Debate

Long-running series kicks off Sept. 9 with a lecture focused on "The Intelligence Community in a Democracy: The Tension Between Open Government and Demands for Security."

A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. AP Photo/The Guardian, File.
A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. AP Photo/The Guardian, File.




Twenty-seven years after launching its War and Peace Lecture series, the faculty at Sonoma State University are making sure the slate stays as timely as ever. 

In unveiling the roster of lecturers and topics for the fall semester, faculty members noted that the debate that has dominated the nation for the past few months – government surveillance and online privacy – will be front and center in the series.

"The intelligence community in a democracy, internet technology and the new paradigm of the non-violence movement" are among the subjected tackled in the series, which kicks off Sept. 9.

The series is free and open to the public. Lectures are held on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Warren Auditorium on the Sonoma State campus.

Key speakers are peace scholar Michael Nagler, author Normon Solomon, and Colonel Ann Wright, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. Tim Wandling, Professor of English, hosts the series.

The schedule includes:

  • Sept. 9: The Intelligence Community in a Democracy: The Tension Between Open Government and Demands for Security- Andy Merrifield, Professor of Political Science

  • Sept. 16: State Crimes Against Democracy - Peter Phillips, Professor of Sociology and Former National Director of Project Censored

  • Sept. 23: Weapons of Mass Destruction - Lynn Cominsky, Professor of Physics

  • Sept. 30: The Media Politics of War: From the North Bay to Iraq - Norman Solomon, Author and Nationally Syndicated Columnist

  • Oct. 7:  Internet Technology: Liberating or Controlling? - Farid Farahmand, Professor of Engineering Science

  • Oct. 14: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Historical Context and Personal Reflections - Therese Mughannam, Chuck Sher, and Laure Reichek, Peace Activists and Bridge-Builders

  • Oct. 21 - Voices of Conscience - Colonel Ann Wright, USAR and US State Department (retired)

  • Oct. 28 - Global Governance, People Power and Nonviolent Solutions - Cynthia Boaz, Professor of Political Science

  • Nov. 4 - Veterans Panel - Coordinated by James Bliefus, writer and veteran.

  • Nov. 18 - Nonviolence and The New Paradigm - Michael Nagler, UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies and President of Metta Center for Non Violence

  • Nov. 25 - Peace and Protest in the Arts - Tim Wandling, Professor of English

  • Dec. 2 - Peace Through Sustainability - Jason Mark, Journalist and Organic Farmer

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