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Nov. 7: War and terrorism in historical, political contexts

stratton-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The influence of historical and political contexts in distinguishing war and terrorism will be discussed in a free presentation at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Todd 216 at Washington State University as part of the common reading. » More …

Feb. 23-24: Protecting world treasures from war

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

Joris-Kila-in-MaliPULLMAN, Wash. – A world leader in rescuing precious objects of cultural heritage from the ravages of war will present two free, public addresses at Washington State University Feb. 23-24. » More …

Nov. 15, 16: Soldiers’ letters come to life in powerful play

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PULLMAN, Wash. — The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will take center stage when the Griffin Theatre Company presents “Letters Home” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, in Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre at Washington State University. Both performances will be followed by discussion. » More …

New insights into intelligence role in start of Pacific war

MinoharaPULLMAN, Wash. – Recently uncovered documents about prewar Japanese intelligence that offer new insights into World War II will be discussed in a free public presentation at Washington State University Pullman. Tosh Minohara, professor in the Graduate School of Law at Kobe University, Japan, will present “Reconsidering the Road to Pearl Harbor: The Role of Intelligence in Decision Making,” noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Bryan Hall 324.  » More …

Combat veterans face more lifelong challenges


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VANCOUVER – Americans often view the plight of their country’s combat-weary veterans as similar to the stark and often iconic scenes from photos reflecting foreign battlefields over the decades. 

But recent WSU research suggests that, for many U.S. veterans, combat is a defining experience that often sets the trajectory of the balance of their lives.

 

In research published this week in the American Sociological Review, Alair MacLean, an assistant professor with the department of sociology at WSU Vancouver, reports that, in comparison to both nonveterans and veterans who never engaged in combat, Americans returning from … » More …

48th annual Potter Lecture examines the ethics of war

PULLMAN – Georgetown University Professor of Philosophy, Nancy Sherman, will deliver the WSU Department of Philosophy’s 48th annual Potter Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in CUE, Room 203. Sherman’s lecture, “The Untold War: The Guilt They Carry,” will examine the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will draw from her recent book, “The Untold War: Inside Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers.” A book signing will follow the lecture.

A highly acclaimed philosopher, psychoanalyst, ethicist and the first Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy, Sherman … » More …

Two veterans to speak at WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND – Two veterans will talk about their experiences in the military at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the West Building Atrium, 2710 University Drive in the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

The event is sponsored by the Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities. Admission is free and open to the public.

The veterans who will be speaking are:

— Capt. John A. Butterfield, U.S. Navy. He spent more than 30 years as a naval aviator, with service during the Cold War, Vietnam, Cuban Missile Crisis, and during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. He was the commanding officer for Naval Air Stations in Greece and … » More …

Emmy winner to speak on media, war and peace

Author, journalist, and Emmy Award winner Danny Schechter will give a public speech titled “Can the Media Promote Peace as Well as War?” at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in room 203 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education on the Washington State University campus in Pullman.The speech will be preceded by a sale of Schechter’s recent books and a book-signing by the author in the hallway outside the auditorium. Schechter’s appearance kicks off the two-day PaXIM Conference on peace, transnational communication, identity and media.“Danny Schechter is an outspoken critic of the media whose observations are deeply informed by a wealth of experience as a … » More …

Understanding Pacific conflict helps historian work for peace

Dec. 7, 1941, is the day President Roosevelt said would live in infamy. Sept. 11, 2001, is another day burned into the American consciousness. But what about Aug. 6, 1945, or March 19, 2003?Noriko Kawamura, a WSU professor of history, argues that true patriotism requires Americans to understand why Aug. 6 is a day of infamy to the people of Japan (atomic bombing of Hiroshima), just as March 19 may well be a day of infamy to those in Iraq (U.S. attack).“True nationalism has to have an element of transnationalism,” she said. “Concern about your own nation must take into consideration the perspective of other … » More …