Friday, April 22, 2005

The academics of peace 

I got a note from the Center for the American Experiment, where the e-Pluribus project has morphed into Foundations for Active Conservative Thinking. They report on one example of bias on American campuses:
According to the MSU, Mankato website, last week�s �How to Stop a War� conference was designed to explore the �consequences of the Iraqi war.� The conference was sponsored by the Kessel Institute, which is an official program of the university�s Department of Sociology and Corrections. Topics discussed at the conference included, "U.S. Impact in Iraq: Anything but Liberation," "The Ravages of War," and "Organizing Against War: Reflections of a Peace Activist." Speakers at the conference include MSU students and faculty members, and representatives from such groups as the Minneapolis Welfare Rights Committee and the Minneapolis Anti-War Committee.

The so-called �peace� conference was nothing more than a lopsided political attack on the war in Iraq. Apparently, university officials don�t believe that toppling a tyrant like Saddam Hussein or the successful free elections recently held in Iraq are worthy of discussion at a conference about the consequences of the war. The exclusion of speakers to provide perspective on those alternative points of view is proof positive that debate and open discussion are dying ideas on campuses dominated by one political ideology.

Here's a link to the Women's Studies page for upcoming events, from which the program is pulled. Catch the very last line (I'm putting this here in part because the press release of the event has been taken down by MSUM.)

How to Stop a War, Kessel Peace Institute's Annual Conference
April 14th, CSU 294
Kessel Peace Institute's Annual Pathways to Peace Conference: How to Stop a

1. Education about Iraqi War
8:30 - 9:30 The Iraqi War.

"What Has Happened in Iraq - A glimpse of US Policy from the other Side".* Samir Saikali, Associate of MSU Muslim Student Association
"U.S. Impact in Iraq: Anything but Liberation." Dr. Jacqueline Vieceli, MSU Dept. of Political Science

9:30 - 10:30 International Views the Iraqi War.

"A Muslim Perspective"*. Arafat El-Bakri, Associate of MSU Muslim Student Association

"Mars vs. Venus? The Transatlantic Rift over Iraq. Dr. Tomasz Inglot, MSU Dept. of Political Science

10:30 - 11:30 Impact on the U.S.

"Social Costs for Americans" Michael Wood, Welfare Rights Committee, Minneapolis

"The Ravages of War" Farheen Hakeem, Anti-War Committee, Minneapolis

11:30 - 12 Lunch

II. Is War Moral?

12-1:30 Local Spiritual Leaders Panel

Father Tim Biren - Catholic Newman Center
Rev. Dawn Carder - First Presbyterian Church
Rev. Pam Serdar - Centenary United Methodist Church
Rev. Dean Wolf - Centenary United Methodist Church
Sr. Gladys Schmitz - School Sisters of Notre Dame
Bhante Sathi, Buddhist Monk, Meditation leader
Dr. Hamid Sallan, Islamic Prayer Leader

III. How to Create Social Change to Stop War

1:30 - 2:30 "Organizing Against War: Reflections of a Peace Activist" .

Marie Braun, Women Against Military Madness, Minneapolis

2:30 - 3:30 Veterans for Peace Panel, Chapter 27

3:30 - 4:30 "Role of the U.N." Jay Shahidi, U.N. Refugee Committee

IV. Keynote Speaker

6:30 - 8:00 "The Future Lessons on Past Empires". Martin Lee Meenagh, D.Phil.MSt, MA (Oxon) Oxford Tutor and Lecturer.

*in conjunction with the Islamic Awareness Week.

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