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