Peace and justice program examines war with Iraq

Weeklong series of events includes exhibit of empty combat boots and shoes recognizing those killed in the war | September 10, 2004

The University’s peace and justice programs, in conjunction with several University departments and Cincinnati organizations, is sponsoring a weeklong series of events centered on the topic, “Decision Iraq Week: Why War?”

The events, all of which take place on the University campus, continue until Thursday, Sept. 23. They include:

Eyes Wide Open exhibit: More than 1,000 pairs of combat boots—each one identified with the nametag of an American soldier killed in the war—and 1,000 pairs of shoes—each one representing at least 10 Iraqi civilians killed—are being displayed on the academic mall through Wednesday, Sept. 23. A multimedia exhibit showing the words, images and sounds of the war is also on display in the McDonald Library. The exhibit is traveling nationally, opening in Chicago’s Federal Plaza with 500 pairs of boots in January. Designed by the international social justice organization American Friends Service Committee, the exhibit was on display in Boston during the Democratic National Convention, in Philadelphia during the Independence Day weekend, in Washington D.C., over Memorial Day weekend and in New York during the Republican National Convention. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center and the University’s department of theology.

View a photo gallery of the exhibit.

The Question of Iraq: Greg Thielmann, a retired State Department official who resigned over the invasion, and Adeed Dawisha, an Iraqi national who supported the invasion and is now a professor of political science at Miami University, are examining the country’s past, present and future on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. Dawisha previously served as a senior research fellow the International Institute for Strategic Studies, as deputy director for studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and as professor of government and politics at George Mason University. Thielmann is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. Prior to the Iraq war, he was in charge of the State Department’s intelligence office and an advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell. The event is co-sponsored by the University’s Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.

The series began on Thursday, Sept. 16, with "Decision Iraq," a participatory discussion on the past and future of Iraq, if the war was justified and what should be done now. The discussion was led by professor of theology John Sniegocki.

Also, Jim Tarbell, editor of the Alliance for Democracy and author of Imperial Overstretch: George W. Bush and the Hubris Empire, spoke on the economic and environmental costs of the invasion on Sunday, Sept. 19. That talk co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Alliance for Democracy.

On Monday, Sept. 20, Ron Glossop, professor emeritus of philosophy at Southern Illinois University and author of Confronting War: An Examination of Humanity’s Most Pressing Problem, addressed the issue of democracy and law as possible alternatives to the war. Glossop served as coordinator of peace studies at SIU for 25 years, has lectured on peace in 10 countries and is also chairman of the Greater St. Louis chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions. The talk was co-sponsored by the Xavier ethics, religion and society program.

All remaining programs and events are free and open to the public. Parking is limited to University Drive and the Alumni Center parking lot after 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact the peace and justice programs at 513 745-3320.