War and Peace
The 12th Annual SAU College of Arts and Sciences academic theme is War and Peace.
With the United States engaged in the longest war in its history, it's time to consider in as comprehensive a way as possible the ideas of war and peace.
St. Ambrose University, with a tradition of peace and justice studies, is especially suited to provoke profound reflection on topics of such ethical importance: justifications of state violence; obligation of resistance; appropriate methods of resistance, Christian and otherwise; mediation strategies; and changes necessary in the world to prevent motivations for war.
Engaging in a program of honest and heartfelt consideration about matters of war and peace is a way of following the university’s mission of promoting thought and action that is both independent and Catholic and directed at the task of enriching the lives of others.
This enrichment begins with ourselves and requires a profound reflection on shared values – as well as respected differences – about the spirituality, ethics, social consciousness, artistic production, and physical expression of beliefs about war and peace.
War and Peace
As members of the 2019-20 Project Series Committee, these faculty and staff spent the past year organizing and planning all of the associated events:
Tadd Ruetenik, Philosophy, Coordinator
Sarah Eikleberry, Kinesiology
L. Joseph Hebert, Political Science and Pre-Law
Carl Herzig, English
Keri Manning, History
Sandy McKinley, History
Fr. Brian Miclot, Philosophy
Lisa Powell, Theology
Katy Strzepek, Women and Gender Studies
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Ambrose Women for Social Justice Conference
War and Peace: Gender and Justice
Workshops: 9:25-10:40 a.m. & 10:40 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Lunch Roundtable: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Keynote address: 2 p.m.
Opportunities for Activism & Celebration: 3:30 p.m.
Community Sing & Performance: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Leymah Gbowee, Liberian Peace Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium
University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Bella Voce
Fall Vocal Concert: War and Peace
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Baecke Endowment for the Humanities Lecture
Divest from War and Cultivate a Peace Economy
Jodie Evans, Co-Founder and Director, CODEPINK
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
Hauber Chair of Biology Lecture
The Ecology of Peace: Preparing Colombia for New Political and Planetary Climates
Jeffrey S. Dukes, PhD, Professor of Forestry & Natural Resources & Biological Sciences
Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.
Folwell Lecture in Political Science and Pre-Law
Kelly M. Kadera, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Iowa
Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m.
The Wilber Symposium on the Christian Tradition and Non-Violence
If You Want to Thank Us: Work for Peace, Veterans for Peace