September 10, 1997

Middlebury College Holds Third Annual Peace Symposium: Author Barbara Ehrenreich Keynote Speaker

Featuring renowned activists, authors and social commentators from the local community and around the country, the Third Annual Middlebury College Peace Symposium will take place from September 18­20. Offering a series of talks and a panel discussion, the symposium will explore obstacles to peace as well as efforts to encourage and maintain a conflict-free world.

Barbara Ehrenreich will give the keynote address on September 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on College Street. Her talk will be closely related to her newest book, "Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War." Robin Fox, co-author of "The Imperial Animal," says of Ms. Ehrenreich, "With 'Blood Rites' Barbara Ehrenreich joins the band of brilliant, questing amateurs who rush in where academic angels fear to tread. She does so with her characteristic boldness and thoroughness to produce an original and challenging thesis…although…bound to stir controversy, it will have to be taken seriously, for this is surely one of the most interesting books of the last decade." Ms. Ehrenreich writes regularly for "Time" and "The Nation," and her commentary, which the "Utne Reader" described as "scathing" and "sardonic," has been featured in such publications as "Mother Jones," "MS," "The New Republic," "Harpers Magazine," and "Z."

On September 19, Michael Klare, director of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, will give a presentation entitled "Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws: America's Search for a New Foreign Policy." Professor Klare advises the Cambridge, Mass.-based Arms Sales Monitoring Project, a sub-committee of the Federation of American Scientists, and has testified before congress numerous times on the subject of conventional arms sales policy. He is also the defense correspondent for "The Nation" and serves on the executive committee of the Peace Studies Association, a group of United States scholars and academics concerned with international security issues. He will speak in the library of the Geonomics House on Hillcrest Road off of College Street at 4:15 p.m.

Following Michael Klare's talk, a panel will discuss their responses to his presentation at 7:30 p.m. on September 19 in the Redfield Room in Proctor Hall on Hepburn Road off of College Street. The director of the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Ellen Kahler, will join the director of the acclaimed "Seeds of Peace" conflict­resolution camp for Middle Eastern youth, John Wallach. Assistant professor of geography, Guntram Herb, and assistant professor of political science, Allison Stanger both of Middlebury Collegealso will be panelists.

On September 20 at 10:00 a.m. in Dana Auditorium, John Wallach, who is also the former foreign editor of The Hearst Newspapers, will give a presentation on the five-year-old camp he founded, "Seeds of Peace." Describing the camp, "The New York Times" said "for a visitor to spend two days with [the campers]…is to see something powerful." Middlebury College student Larry McDermott '99 will share his experiences as a counselor there this summer.

All Peace Symposium events are open to the public. Admission to all events is free.

Peace Symposium Schedule:

Thursday, September 18 - Saturday, September 20

Thursday, September 18

7:30 p.m., Dana Auditorium, College Street

Keynote Address: "Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War"

Barbara Ehrenreich, author

Friday, September 19

4:15 p.m., Geonomics House Library, Hillcrest Road, off of College St.

Presentation: ""Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws: America's Search for a New Foreign Policy"

Michael Klare, Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College

6:00 p.m., Proctor Hall, Redfield Room, Hepburn Road, off of College St.

Panel discussion: panelists respond to Professor Klare's presentation

Ellen Kahler, Peace and Justice Center, Burlington; John Wallach '64, Seeds of Peace International Camp, Wayne, Maine; Allison Stanger, Middlebury College Political Science Dept.; and Guntram Herb, Middlebury College Geography Dept.

Saturday, September 20

10:00 a.m., Dana Auditorium, College St.

Presentation: Seeds of Peace International Camp of Wayne, Maine

John Wallach '64 will discuss his acclaimed summer conflict-resolution program for Middle Eastern youth.

All events are free and open to the public.