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Lt. Col. Isaiah Wilson III: “Thinking Beyond War”

The CHUM lecture series continues:

Why was there a deliberate plan to fight the war in Iraq but none to win the peace? This question, which has caused such confusion and consternation among the American public and been the subject of much political wrangling over the past few years, is the focus of Lt. Col. Isaiah Wilson’s lecture. Wilson locates a flaw in the government’s definition of when, how, and for what reasons the United States intervenes abroad. It is a paradox in the American way of peace and war, he proposes, that harkens back to America’s war loss in Vietnam and continues to this day to haunt U.S. intervention policy, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. His exploration of this paradox calls for new organizational and operational approaches to America’s intervention policy. In challenging current western societal military lexicon and doctrine, Wilson offers new hope and practical solutions to overcome the paradox.

Lt. Colonel Wilson is Associate Professor and Director of American Politics, Public policy and Strategic Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and author of Thinking Beyond War: Civil-miltary Relations and Why America Fails to Win the Peace . He holds a B.S. in International Relations from the United States Military Academy, master’s degrees in Public Policy and Government from Cornell University, master’s degrees in Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Lt. Colonel Wilson is a combat veteran and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Date: April 26
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Russell House

Professor Donald Moon “Paradoxes of International Justice”

Interesting CHUM lecture tomorrow:

After WW II European colonial empires were disbanded and virtually all of the world’s territory came to be politically organized into territorially distinct sovereign states. At the same time, there has been a growing concern throughout the world with idea of international or global justice, manifested in part in the emergence of an international doctrine of human rights. These developments stand in tension to each other, as emerging international standards are increasingly used to justify various forms of intervention in the domestic affairs of supposedly sovereign states and even to redefine the meaning of “sovereignty” itself. Ironically, interventions to protect human rights can often undercut the very rights invoked to justify the interventions in the first place. In his lecture, Professor Moon explores some paradoxes to which the commitment to international justice seems to give rise, with an eye to assessing the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention.

Date: April 19
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: The Russell House


“Rape Trauma, Combat Trauma, and the Making of PTSD: Feminist Fiction in the 1970s”

English Professor Sally Bachner is this Monday’s Russell House speaker:

“Rape Trauma, Combat Trauma, and the Making of PTSD: Feminist Fiction in the 1970s”

Throughout the 1970s veterans, activists, and psychiatrists were hard at work getting the disorder that came to be called PTSD included in the upcoming edition of the DSM-III. During the same period, feminists were building a successful anti-rape movement that crucially insisted that rape is a form of violence. Professor Bachner will propose that while both of
these groups sought to bring suffering – of combat veterans and rape victims, respectively – into speech, many feminist novelists of this period instead turn to the figure of the soldier to figure rape as unspeakable. PTSD functions in these texts as a technology for figuring what was initially conceived of as suppressed speech about violence against women as a putatively “unspeakable” trauma.

Date: Monday, February 15
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Russell House