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Wofford continues ‘The War Year’ project

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Nationally recognized speakers highlight program 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College continues its focus on “The War Year” during the spring semester with four guest speakers coming to campus during March to discuss the history, practice and implications of war.

“The War Year” learning community began during the fall of this academic year with panel discussions, special speakers and other programs.  All programs are at 4 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium unless otherwise noted.  They are free and open to the public.

Spring schedule of speakers:

Thursday, March 1 – Visiting Lewis P. Jones Professor of History Dr. Kenneth Harl, professor of ancient history at Tulane University in New Orleans, “Conquest, Defeat and Withdrawal: The Roman Experience in Iraq.”

Monday, March 5 – Christopher Dickey, Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor for Newsweek magazine.  Dickey also will hold a forum for faculty and students at 7:30 p.m. in a location to be determined.

Thursday, March 8 – Adeed Dawisha, professor of political science at Miami (Ohio) University.

Tuesday, March 13 – Historian and author Frederick Naiden, “Conquest, Defeat and Withdrawal: The British Experience in Iraq.”

“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.