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 6:50 p.m.
Note: For registered students, class begins at 5 p.m.

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

Contact person: Tim Wandling, English

Discussion Section Leaders: Rim Zahra and Marc Evans

Cost: Free Public Lecture, $5 Parking

Download Fall 2018 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 2018 Schedule

Date Topic, Speakers
Aug 21 Introduction and Orientation
Series host and War and Peace faculty members
Aug 28 Democracy and the Intelligence Community
Andy Merrifield, SSU Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Sep 4 America as Global Vigilante: Foreign Policy: Public Opinion, and Hollywood Mythmaking
Marco Calavita, SSU Professor of Communications Studies
Sep 11 Film: Tangerines
Zaza Urushadze, 2013
Sep 18 Palestine/Israel: Context, Questions, Reflections
Therese Mughannam, Linda Sartor, and Laure Reichek, Peace Activists  
Sep 25 The Tyranny of Objects: An Artist Discusses his Work in relation to Military Power, Nuclear Bombs, and Surveillance
Stephen Whistler. Artist.
Oct 2 Global Power Elite and Permanent War  
Peter Phillips, SSU Professor of Sociology and Former National Director of Project Censored
Oct 9 The Science of War (and Peace)
Lynn Cominsky, SSU Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Oct 16 The State of Syria: Voices and Experiences  
Dr. Rim Zahra, SSU Department of English
Oct 23 An Ethical Analysis of the Case for Robotic Weapons Arms Control
John Sullins, SSU Professor of Philosophy 
Oct 30 Global Governance, People Power and Nonviolent Solutions
Cynthia Boaz, SSU Professor of Political Science
Nov 6 The Case for an Enforceable International Bill of Rights.
Kirk Boyd, Lawyer, Legal Activist and Executive Director of Unite for Rights  
Nov 13 Local Veterans Panel: Trauma, Healing and Peace
Nov 20 Internet Technology: Liberating or Controlling
Farid Farahmand, SSU Professor of Engineering Science
Nov 27 Nonviolence and the New Paradigm
Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook, Metta Center for Nonviolence. UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies and President of Metta Center for Non Violence
Dec 4 Time for Humans to Declare Peace in the War against Nature
Jason Mark, Editor Sierra Magazine, Environmentalist Journalist and Organic Farmer
Dec 11 Students' Open Mike