Peace and War in the Heartland - University of Minnesota



Sponsored by Center for Arts and Medicine, U of M


Tuesday, February 19, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota, Coffman Union

All events in the Great Hall.

THE LOTTERY - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
"What's your birthdate? What's your Lottery number?"
Should you drop out of school, today? Quit your job?
Find out when you must report for your Draft physical.
Learn, "What happened to you in the war?" True stories
written by war veterans.
You're in the "virtual draft," right now. With a click of a mouse you'll be drafted. How will you feel and respond?

Performed by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

VetSpeak PANELS - 10:30 - 11:30
Veterans respond to revival of the draft and use of the lottery.
Moderator: Don Olson, founder, "Students Against Selective Service."
12:30 - "Faith on the battlefield."
3:00 - "Difficult questions: Is freedom, free? Does war achieve peace? What "America" are you willing to die for?"

RELIGION - 11:00-12:20
Sponsored by UM Interfaith Campus Coalition

“War and Peace: how does God call me to serve?"
Conversation between Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Prof. Adil Ozdemir, an Islamic scholar and Frank Kroncke, theologian.

VetSpeak -12:30-1:00
12:30 - "Faith on the battelfield."

HISTORY - 1:30-2:50
"National Identity Crisis: on Starship Earth, is America God's Chosen Nation?" Prof. David Noble, American Studies department
Moderator: Don Olson, KFAI

VetSpeak - 3:00-3:30
3:00 - "Difficult questions: Is freedom, free? Does war achieve peace? What "America" are you willing to die for?"

LAW - 5:00 -6:20 p.m.
"Constitutional Crisis: dangers of an Imperial President's disregard for the law."
Elizabeth de la Vega, former federal prosecutor, US Assistant Attorney, Minnesota & Northern District of California
Moderator: Bill Tilton, attorney

SCIENCE - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
“National moral crisis: Has America become a torture state?”
Steve Miles, MD, UM Center for Bioethics.
Moderator: Professor Alan Hooper, professor of Biology, UM




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