L O C A L E V E N T
War and Peace as Liberal Arts
Thursday February 21, 2013
The 12th annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “War and Peace as
Liberal Arts,” features speaker and noted political theorist Michael Walzer
Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation
Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. The lecture, “What is Just War
Theory About?” is free and open to the public.
The conference, Feb. 21-23 at Westmont, is sponsored by the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts, which promotes the continued vitality of the
liberal arts tradition in American higher education.
Walzer, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in
Princeton, N.J., has written more than two dozen books on political theory and the ethics of war, including “Just and Unjust Wars” in 1977.
“That book brought just war theory back to prominence in American
political thought and shaped public debates over the use of American
military force for three decades,” says Gaede Institute director Christian
This year’s conference will bring together scholars and academic leaders from around the world to address issues of peace and conflict
and how a liberal arts education can equip students to address these
critical social issues.
Other speakers include Sherman Jackson, noted scholar of Muslim
thought, Duncan Morrow, Northern Ireland peace worker, and
philosophers Jean Bethke Elshtain and Helen Frowe.
“As American higher education faces major changes, this conference
offers scholars and academic administrators a place to gather to
address challenges and opportunities facing liberal arts education,”
Past conference themes include “The Gendered Liberal Arts?” “The
Liberal Education of Students of Faith,” and “Globalizing the Liberal Arts.”
For a complete schedule of lectures open to the public, please visit the
conference program page at westmont.edu/gaede-conference.
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