GAEDE INSTITUTE | PROGRAMS The Conversation on the Liberal Arts
War and Peace as Liberal Arts
February 21-23, 2013
War and peace are among the most critical issues a society faces—but also among the most complex. Nearly every academic discipline connects in important ways with these issues. To really understand them and address them adequately takes the kind of holistic approach offered by a liberal arts education.
We were privileged to have Michael Walzer as the lead catalyst for our conversations. No one has been more influential in Just War thinking in the past several decades, and as part philosopher, part political scientist and part historian, Professor Walzer embodies the interdisciplinarity so important in addressing war and peace well.Â The disciplines and backgrounds represented by our other outstanding speakers (Duncan Morrow, Helen Frowe, Sherman Jackson, Chris Eberle and Gerald Mast) further ensured the breadth of perspective so essential to these topics.
Of course our speakers were just the start. All of the Conversation's participants had important contributions to make. In the 40 or so papers presented at concurrent sessions, we learned from scholars in a variety of fields, but also from those involved in peacemaking efforts on the ground, and from those with insight into curricular structures and pedagogical strategies for effective teaching about war and peace.
2013 Conversation Planning Committee:
Christian Hoeckley-- director, Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts
Jesse Covington-- assistant professor of political science
Deborah Dunn-- professor of communication studies
Heather Keaney-- associate professor of history
Tom Knecht-- associate professor of political science
Mark Nelson-- Monroe Professor of Philosophy
Concurrent Session 1: Friday, Feb 22 2:15
The Christian Influence on the Adjusted Perceptions of Chemical Weapons
Stephen Contakes and Taylor Jashinsky
Chemistry, Social Responsibility and Modern Warfare
Following War in Uganda: Lessons from Kony 2012
Pedagogy and Principled Thinking about War
Speaking Peace: Finding Words that Breach Walls
Bringing the Women Home: Rape, Civil Society, and Spirituality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Abstract)
Stoned Immaculate: Western Conceptions of Victory in War (Abstract)
Investing in Justice: How a Liberal Arts Education Indirectly Promotes Peace (Abstract)
Stephen Paul Kennedy
What Has Become of Humanity?
A Humanistic Approach to Peace: the Liberal Art and Peacemaking; a Critique and a Proposition (Abstract)
YHWH is a Warrior
Arts and Letters, War and Peace: What Poets and Painters Can Teach Us about International Politics (Abstract)
A New Approach to Military Professionalism: On the Need for 'Soldier-Artists'
Just War Theory as Ideological and Combatant Role Confusion
Bryanna Beauchamp , Julianna Carlson, Emily Keach, Kathryn Hopper, Zoe Newcomb
Jus Ad Bellum as a Deciding Factor in the 1983 U.S. Invasion of Grenada
Chris Costenbader, Curtis Donahoe, David Dry, Joshua Miller, Steve Harvey
Just War, National Interests, and the Iraq War
George Fox and Narratives of Peace and Activism in the Quaker Tapestry (Images) (Abstract)
Virginia Woolf, Quaker Pacifist?