The New Faces Of War
Historians Against The War
“The New Faces Of War”
Here is a preliminary report on the conference on “The New Faces of War,” sponsored by Historians Against the War in Baltimore and Towson, Maryland, April 5-7, 2013. About 150 people took part in the conference, in addition to several dozen who came only to the Friday evening keynote session at St. John’s Church in Baltimore. (The other sessions were at Towson University just outside Baltimore proper, co-sponsored by the university’s College of Liberal Arts.) Attendance was higher than the organizers had expected, and the atmosphere was one of energy and of sharing.
Participation by members of the Baltimore-area activist community was a key to the conference’s success. The Friday evening keynote session, for example, was arranged by Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse and was-sponsored by a half-dozen other groups (Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Johns Hopkins Human Rights Working Group, Baltimore Pledge of Resistance, Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Veterans for Peace, Casa Baltimore/Limay, Baltimore Higher Education Alliance for Real Democracy, and Baltimore College Peace Network).
Keynote speakers were University of Wisconsin historian Alfred McCoy and Col. Ann Wright, former military officer and diplomat who has become a well-known antiwar activist. Plenary speakers on Saturday included Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University, Nick Turse of TomDispatch.com, John Prados of the National Security Archive, and Carolyn “Rusti” Eisenberg of Hofstra University. The twenty breakout sessions on Saturday and Sunday addressed a wide range of topics related in one way or another to the overall conference theme. Click here for the full schedule.
On this website we will provide access (through text files, audio files, and/or videos) to as many as possible to the talks given at the conference.
Click here for the complete program (includes links to some presentations)
Leo Zimmermann, "Study, Learn & Resist: Historians Against the War 2013," Indypendent Reader (April 22, 2013)
Jim O'Brien, "The New Faces of War," Indypendent Reader (March 25, 2013)
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Historians Against the War is a network of history teachers, scholars, and activists seeking to bring historical analysis to bear on U.S. foreign policy and its social/political impact. To find out more, visit the HAW website at www.historiansagainstwar.org.
The first HAW conference "Empire, Resistance, and the War in Iraq: A Conference for Historians and Activists" was held at the University of Texas, Austin, February 17-19, 2006.
The second HAW conference "War And Its Discontents: Understanding Iraq And The U.S. Empire" was co-sponsored with the Peace History Society and held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 11-13, 2008.