VANCOUVER, Wash. — Catherine Thomasson, a physician and member of Oregon’s chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will lead a multimedia presentation entitled “Health Effects of War: Alternatives to the War on Terrorism” at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Washington State Vancouver.
The lecture will be in the Student Services Building lecture hall and presented in conjunction with the work of Takashi Morizumi, a photojournalist who covers the effects of war on people and the environment. His work will be displayed beginning at 7 p.m. in the Student Services Building foyer. Both events are free and open to the public.
Health Effects of War looks beyond the death and destruction commonly associated with war and explores other short- and long-term effects, including civilian casualties, environmental and economic breakdown, refugees, land mines, psychological devastation and nuclear threats. The presentation attempts to put the War on Terrorism in perspective by examining whether war is an appropriate response to the attacks of 9-11. Audiences are asked to consider if prolonged global war will reduce the threats against our country or will it merely perpetuate the cycles of anger, hatred and violence.
PSR is a non-profit educational organization focused on promoting the elimination of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, the achievement of a sustainable environment, and the reduction of violence and its causes. It is the U.S. affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.
Morizumi’s photographic exhibition includes images of Iraqi children victimized through the effects of the Gulf War. He has been documenting the children of Iraq since 1998 and also covers such topics as the damages caused by nuclear mining, testing, power plants and the use of nuclear weapons.
Both events are sponsored by the WSU Vancouver Environmental Club and the WSU Center for Social and Environmental Justice, and endorsed by the Peace and Justice Center of Southwest Washington, Clark County Greens and the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver Environmental Committee.
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., just east of I-5 and I-205, off the 134th St. exit.