Making War, Waging Peace - Hood River Teach-in, Nov.3
The Columbia River Fellowship for Peace hosts eight expert panelists for a daylong discussion of Afghanistan, Islam, US foreign policy, and the roots of terrorism. Former US Congresswoman and Oregon Peace Institute co-founder, Elizabeth Furse will be the keynote speaker.
Doors open at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Rd., Hood River.
The Columbia River Fellowship for Peace will host eight renowned experts for
a day-long discussion of the roots of terrorism entitled "Making War, Waging
Peace" in Hood River on Saturday, November 3.
Elizabeth Furse, a former three-term United States congresswoman and
co-founder with Senator Mark Hatfield of the Oregon Peace Institute, will
give the keynote address at 2:00 p.m.
The event, which is co-sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries, the
McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, and Hood River Community Education,
will take place at the Hood River Valley Christian Church at 975 Indian
Creek Rd. In Hood River. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. Funds
raised at the event will go to relief efforts for families of the victims of
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to the refugees in Afghanistan.
Doors open at 9:00 with music and a collection of photographs of Afghanistan
that depict the stark reality of a country in crisis.
The first panel, “Why Do They Hate Us?” begins at 10:00. Professor Zaher
Wahab from Lewis and Clark College will talk about his homeland of
Afghanistan. Professor Laurie Mercier from Washington State University,
Vancouver, will discuss the historical context of U.S. interventions around
the world during the 20th century. Jon Mandaville, director of the Middle
Eastern Studies Center at Portland State University, will address the
Professor Mandaville will offer an overview of Islam during the second
panel. It begins at 11:45 and is devoted to the subject of a religion that
is practiced by one out of every six people on earth. Intisar Azzuz,
president of the American-Muslim Council, Oregon chapter, and a founding
member of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights will talk about
Islam as it relates to ongoing events. Shahriar Ahmed, president of the
Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, and a member of a number of American-Muslim
associations, will speak about how American Muslims are trying to integrate
themselves into U.S. society.
Questions, answers, and dialogue will follow each panel.
At 1:00 p.m., lunch will be provided for attendees. At 2:00, former U.S.
congresswoman Elizabeth Furse will give her keynote speech and answer
questions from the audience.
The afternoon panel, “Making War, Waging Peace,” starts at 3:15. Dr.
Catherine Thomasson, president of the Oregon chapter of Physicians for
Social Responsibility, will talk about the U.S. militarization of the
Mideast, and the proposed missile defense shield as an acceleration of the
Courtney Campbell, a professor of philosophy and Director of the Program for
Ethics, Science and the Environment at Oregon State University in Corvallis,
will discuss the ways in which the U.S. has dealt with terrorism in the
past, and how the U.S. can respond to it more successfully now.
Peter Bergel, Executive Director of Oregon PeaceWorks and founding editor of
the Oregon Peaceworker newspaper, will call for resistance to “war fever”
and to the erosion of civil liberties, even in time of war. He will also
advocate for standing in solidarity with Arabs and Muslims who have been
targeted by hate crimes here in the U.S.
After the panel discussions, local musicians will provide a conclusion to
the day’s events.
The Columbia River Fellowship for Peace and the co-sponsors welcome everyone
to this event in the spirit of learning and mutual goodwill. Limited
childcare for ages 2 - 12 will be available.
For more information please contact Hood River Community Education at
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