War & Peace Lecture Series

About the Series

The War & Peace Lecture Series is a multi-disciplinary program that has provided the campus community with cultural enrichment since 1986. An integral component of a well-rounded higher education, the series currently functions as a public lecture and upper-division course (ENGL 304). It presents civilian and military speakers who discuss current topics such as state crimes against democracy, the intelligence community and the need for transparency, peace and sustainability, the scientific underpinnings of modern warfare, and the power and promise of non-violent movements.

When:Tuesdays (Fall semester), 5:30 to 6:45 PM

Where: Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall 101, SSU (See Ives on SSU Map)

Contact person: Chingling Wo (wo@sonoma.edu)

Cost: Free Public Lecture, $5 Parking

Download Fall 2016 Schedule

The series is both a lecture and a graded academic course, English 304. It is offered every Fall Semester. Every year, community members who are not matriculated students may register for the War and Peace class (ENGL 304) via Sonoma State’s Open University program (www.sonoma.edu/exed/misc/openuniversity.html).

Fall 2016 Schedule

Series Host: Chingling Wo
Discussion Section Leaders: John Hines, Rim Zahra and Chingling Wo

Fall 2016 Schedule
Date Topic, Speakers
Aug 23 Introduction and Orientation
Series host and War and Peace faculty members.
Aug 30 Democracy and the Intelligence Community
Andy Merrifield, SSU Professor of Political Science. ***PLEASE NOTE: Lecture begins at 5 PM this day and this day only. 
Sep 6 Permanent War and the Transnational Capitalist Class
Peter Phillips, SSU Professor of Sociology and Former National Director of Project Censored.
Sep 13 The Relevance of the United Nations
Rashmi Singh, SSU Professor Emeritus in Humanities and Peace Studies.  Current President of the United Nations Association of Sonoma County.
Sep 20 America as Global Vigilante: Foreign Policy, Public Opinion, and Hollywood Mythmaking.  Marco Calavita, SSU Professor of Communications Studies.  
Sep 27 The Science of War (and Peace)
Lynn Cominsky, SSU Professor of Physics.  
Oct 4 Film: The Day After Trinity (Jon Else, 1981)  
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the use of atomic weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Oct 11 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Historical Context and Personal Reflections
Therese Mughannam Nicholas Walrath, Amin Kalaf, and Laure Reichek, Peace Activists.
Oct 18 The Case for an Enforceable International Bill of Rights  
Kirk Boyd, Lawyer, Legal Activist and Executive Director of the International Bill of Rights..
Oct 25 Internet Technology: Liberating or Controlling
Farid Farahmand, SSU Professor of Engineering Science.  
Nov 1 The Russian Revolution at Its Centenary (Minus One Year)
Stephen Bittner, SSU Professor of History.
Nov 8 Veteran’s Panel. Three speakers will join us for a panel discussion.  
Nov 15 Peace and Protest Song, Literature and Art
Tim Wandling, SSU Professor of English.
Nov 22 Film: Into the Current: Burma’s Political Prisoners
(Jeanne Hallacy, 2012)   (The film screening will start at 5:00 PM)
Nov 29 Nonviolence and the New Paradigm 
Michael Nagler, U C Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies and President of Metta Center for Non Violence.
Dec 6 Peace through Sustainability
Jason Mark, Journalist and Organic Farmer
Dec 13 Students Open Mike