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Wofford to undertake learning community, The War Year

Friday, September 15, 2006

SPARTANBURG , S.C. – Wofford College’s faculty and students will undertake a learning community, titled “The War Year,” during the 2006-07 academic year to study the history, practice, and implications of war.  The program will include panel discussions, special speakers and a variety of other programs.

The opening program will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in Leonard Auditorium.  At 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Dr. Mark Lawrence, a professor from the University of Texas at Austin, will give a talk titled “From Colonial Conflict to Cold War Battle: The Origins of the American Commitment to Vietnam."  The program will be in the Olin Teaching Theater.  Both are open to the public.

“The purpose of this learning community is to encourage study and learning, and to generate excitement through the exchange of ideas,” says Dr. Vivian Fisher, professor and chair of the department of English and coordinator of the program.  “There is no political agenda behind the program.  We believe that through education and the free expression of ideas, we can better face the future and become wiser, more thoughtful citizens.

“The topic of war is so broad and the implications of war so pervasive that this learning community will extend into every discipline at Wofford,” Fisher says.  “Some new courses are being offered, and many existing courses will emphasize topics related to war."

The fall semester will include four intensive weeks of speakers and discussions, and other events will be spread throughout the semester.  In the spring, Wofford will host another series of events, including visits by two prominent historians.

Here is a schedule of the events planned during the fall semester:

  • Monday, Sept. 18 – Opening Program, 4:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Dr. Mark Lawrence, University of Texas at Austin, “From Colonial Conflict to Cold War Battle: The Origins of the American Commitment to Vietnam,” 4:15 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater
  • Thursday, Sept.21 – The Novel Experience Convocation, Author Larry Heinemann (“Paco’s Story”), 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium; Reading, 8 p.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26 – Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, director of National Security Affairs and director of research at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, "War as an Instrument of Policy and an Expression of Politics," 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Monday, Oct. 2 – Dr. Ab Abercrombie, professor of biological and social sciences at Wofford, “Vietnam: Dancing at the Apocalypse,” 4:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Oct. 3 – Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, president of Wofford, “War and Forgetfulness,” 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Monday, Oct. 9 – Dr. Philip Racine, William R. Kenan Professor and chair of the department of history at Wofford, “Target: Civilians,” 4:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10 – Dr. Joab Lesesne, professor emeritus of history at Wofford, “The Changing Nature of War,” 11 a.m.; Leonard Auditorium
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Roundtable discussion with Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, Dr. Ab Abercrombie, Dr. Philip Racine and Dr. Joe Lesesne, 4:30 p.m.; McMillan Theater

Other fall events include:

  • World Film Series, Olin Teaching Theater – Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3:30 and 7 p.m., “Sophie Scholl;” and Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 and 7 p.m., “Joyeux Noel”
  • Special film and discussion, led by Dr. William DeMars, associate professor and chair of the department of government – Monday, Oct. 23, “Sometimes in April” (about Rwandan genocide), 7-9:30 p.m., McMillan Theater
  • Discussion with Abdul-Karim Mustapha, instructor in philosophy, "Death and the Sensation of Colours"  – Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., McMillan Theater