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03-26-2014

Clarkson University & St. Lawrence University Students to Tackle War & Peace

Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University students will get together to tackle questions of war and peace at a conference set for this Friday, March 28, on Clarkson's campus.

The Allegory of War and Peace by Pompeo Batoni.The presentations and discussions, which are open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Center in Multipurpose Rooms A, B and C (#13 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf ).

“We're hoping for a good turn-out from both schools,” says Associate Professor of History Sarah Melville.

Melville and Assistant Professor of History Lou Ann Lange organized Clarkson's participation. St. Lawrence University Associate Professor of Philosophy Laura Rediehs handled the Canton side of the event.

“St. Lawrence has a Peace Studies Program and we have a War Studies Program, so we're hoping for a good dialog,” Melville added. “Some students will give presentations on papers they have written, and others have made up posters of their research for a more informal presentation.”

“We thought getting the two universities’ programs together for an exchange would be interesting for both students and faculty, since we are all discussing many of the same problems, only from different perspectives," says Lange.

The panels will be interdisciplinary, so those who attend can expect to hear presentations representing a wide variety of academic fields. Professors and students will share their views of their respective programs in a panel discussion from 9 to 10 a.m., and then students will present papers in two sessions, “Near Eastern Perspectives” and “War and Expression” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Student sessions on “War, Peace, and the State” and “The Human Experience” are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m.

People may drop in for the sessions and view student posters during breaks.

Among the topics covered will be an analysis of Palestinian graffiti and its effectiveness as a form of non-violent resistance, human trafficking and civil war, a look at the way war trauma is memorialized by two WWII veterans, competing roles of culture and technology in increasing combat mortality during the American Civil War, and an economic comparison of war and peace.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Allegory of War and Peace by Pompeo Batoni.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/allegory-of-war-and-peace.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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