War and Peace

College of Arts and Sciences Annual Theme

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

Project Series Committee

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


Fall 2019 Events

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Rogalski Center
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.
Rogalski Center
Baecke Endowment for the Humanities Lecture
Divest from War and Cultivate a Peace Economy
Jodie Evans, Co-Founder and Director, CODEPINK

Spring 2019 Events

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
Rogalski Center
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
Purdue University

Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.
Rogalski Center
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.
Rogalski Center
The Wilber Symposium on the Christian Tradition and Non-Violence
If You Want to Thank Us: Work for Peace, Veterans for Peace

So, what's next?

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