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Colloquium: The Ethics of the Warrior

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Friday, April 12, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Mcguinn Hall, Room 521  
Boston College

How can the soldier fight humanely, honorably — and to win? That’s the complicated topic explored by our three distinguished speakers. Sarah Sewall, lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School and member of the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, explores “fighting well” in contemporary circumstances. Donna Tussing Orwin, Professor at the University of Toronto and President, Tolstoy Society, clarifies the great novelist’s answers. Linda Rabieh, a lecturer at MIT and author of a book on Plato and courage, examines a classical outlook. A closing discussion is introduced by Gabriella Blum, Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School.

event schedule


1:00 p.m.
Session I             
Why Tolstoy’s War Writing Does Not Grow Old
Donna Tussing Orwin, University of Toronto
2:15 p.m.
Session II
Humane Warfare: An Ancient Perspective on a Modern Dilemma
Linda Rabieh, MIT
3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
4:00 p.m. Session III
Fighting Well: Tensions in Modern Warfare
Sarah Sewall, Harvard Kennedy School
5:15 p.m. Wrap Up
Convener: Gabriella Blum, Harvard Law School
6:00 p.m. Reception