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In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years

Written by Michael Meltsner // Directed by Victoria Marsh

Thursday March 19, 2015
4:00 p.m.
Blackman Auditorium, Northeastern University

In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years depicts how and why the nation found itself brutally treating the men it detained — some with good reason, some with stunning caprice — after 9/11. The play confronts the government rationalizations, the bizarre military hearings and the willful blindness of the public to what was happening behind barbed wire. 

Following the play, the Ethics Institute is sponsoring a panel discussion on the ethics of torture in an age of terrorism featuring:

Alberto Mora, the General Counsel of the Navy in 2001 under the Bush administration. In this role, Mora was one of the first and only members of the administration to challenge the use of coercive interrogation tactics at Guantanamo Bay. He is currently Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Car Center for Human Rights Policy.

Stephen Nathanson, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University. Nathanson has taught and written for over 40 years on topics in ethics and political philosophy. He has written six books and numerous articles, including Terrorism and the Ethics of War (Cambridge U. Press, 2010).

Nicole Aljoe, Associate Professor of English at Northeastern University. Aljoe’s work focuses on 18th and 19th Century Black Atlantic/Caribbean literatures with a specialization on the slave narratives. Her current work looks at the way that contemporary Caribbean literature continues to deal with the effects of the terrorism and torture associated with the institution of enslavement during the 18th and 19th centuries.

This event is sponsored by the Humanities Center and the Ethics Institute at Northeastern University.