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War and Peace Building Conference

March 27, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The War and Peace Building conference took place on March 27, 2015 at Moravian College with keynote speaker Robert Meagher, Professor of Humanities, Hampshire College and author of Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury and Just War.

For far too many local inhabitants, a community-level, truthful reflection on the meaning of the recent U.S. wars remains elusive. We invite local scholars, veterans, activists and students in the Lehigh Valley to become partners and interlocutors in a process of learning and healing. We envision a day together:

  • to enhance and deepen student learning and ethical awareness about war, peace and justice, and promote collaborative faculty scholarship and development;
  • to develop stronger connection between our LVAIC institutions;
  • to build bridges between LVAIC academic communities and our local community of veterans and their families, some of whom may or will be students in our colleges and universities
  • to help us all understand the impact of over ten years of ongoing US wars on the lives of the people in the Lehigh Valley, to develop increased capacity for community involvement and activism

For photos from the conference, click here.

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.     Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.     Keynote Address and Discussion

11:00 a.m.   Session 1

12:30 p.m.   “Working Lunch” for conference participants

2:00 p.m.     Session 2

3:30 p.m.     Plenary Discussion with Panel (Conference organizers and Keynote Speaker)

Papers, projects, proposals, and performances included the following:

  • Mapping the shadows of war in the Lehigh Valley
  • Explorations of dialogue and narrative to build bridges and enhance understanding
  • Interrogating commemorations and representations of war and peace
  • Explorations of moral injury, sacrifice, victimization, healing
  • War, peace and literature, music, and/or art
  • Investigating the institutions of war, militarism, peace and peacebuilding
  • The roles of gender constructions in war, militarism and peacebuilding

Conference Planning Committee


March 27, 2015
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Moravian College / Bahnson Center – Genadendal
60 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018 United States
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