Institute for Civic Engagement Lecture Series Spring 2014

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Give Peace A Chance

As the military strategist Carl Von Clausewitz (1780-1831) offered, "War is merely the continuation of politics by other means." But other historians, philosophers and anthropologist have asserted that war is older than politics or the state. From the beginning of human history, humans have pursued power and domination over animals, women, men, and nature by any means including the most violent. In war's path all that makes life livable is destroyed: art, culture, civilization, nature and beauty.

Yet, war continues to stalk the planet, unabated from spears and sticks to atom bombs and drones. In the Wednesday series of talks, debates, films and discussions, The Institute for Civic Engagement examines war, its history, culture, and present form. The Institute will examine the age old query, is peace possible?


Time & Location:
Burlington College
Room 253
351 North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont

January 22, 2014
Intro to War: The Definition, History, and Nature of War

January 29, 2014
Just War?

February 5, 2014
Bullies, Boarders and Boundaries: Domination By People, Domination By States

February 12, 2014
War Against Nature, the First Domination: An Ecological View of War

February 19, 2014
Gender Violence: The Connection of Male Supremacy, Sexism and International Violence Against Women

February 26, 2014
An Anarchist View of the State, the Legal Monopoly on Violence

March 12, 2014
Religion and War

March 19, 2014
Nationalism: The Breeding Ground of World War

March 26, 2014
The Military: Industrial Complex

April 2, 2014
Are There Non-Violent Solutions to the Inevitability of War? Boycotts, Sanctions, International Bodies: The United Nations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO"s), Criminal Courts, Mediation?

April 9, 2014
Citizen Diplomacy: Détente From Below: Citizen and Grassroots Efforts to Make Peace Underneath Governments

Special Event:
International Women's Day
Saturday, March 8, 2014

Burlington City Hall





Burlington College
351 North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 800-862-9616
Fax: 802-660-4331


The Institute for Civic Engagement presents the Spring 2014 Series: Give Peace A Cance