[act-ma] 10/18 "Into Iraq & Out" with James Carroll (at Tufts)

Susanna Maria Porte susannaporte at excite.com
Mon Oct 15 12:33:59 PDT 2007

"Into Iraq and Out: How the Past Informs Our Future"

A forum, reception & book signing with James Carroll

Thursday, October 18, 2007

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lane Hall, Tufts University

2 North Hill Rd

Medford, MA 02155

Please join us Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 PM for...

INTO IRAQ & OUT? How the Past Informs Our Future

Has the U.S. become mired in a war without end?

How did we get here – and can we get out?

A special presentation featuring


Boston Globe columnist, foreign policy expert and award-winning author of several books, including "House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power"

James Carroll’s timely presentation will examine the historical forces that have led us into the current disaster in Iraq. Looking back over the last 50 years, his work exposes the dangerous rise of the “U.S. Military Machine” and explores the damaging grip of militarism on U.S. foreign policy. In dialogue with scholars and activists, his remarks will challenge us to look ahead toward sustainable, comprehensive strategies for moving beyond the long-standing policies that have produced endless war. Join us to consider how you can promote a new foreign policy based on peace, human rights & global cooperation.

Additional panelists will include:

* Eileen Babbit, Ph.D. Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program, Fletcher School of Law &

Diplomacy at Tufts University; Faculty Associate at Harvard Law School; Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

* Steven Brion-Meisels, Ph.D. Director, Peace Games Institute; Member, Massachusetts Peace Action and National Peace Action Boards of Directors; Co-author of “Real Security in the Future” in Peace Action: Past, Present & Future

* Brian Corr, Co-Chair of the National Peace Action Education Fund Board of Directors

Thursday, October 18, 2007

6:00PM Reception, 6:30 Presentation

Lane Hall 100, Tufts University, Medford, MA

The event will include a reception and book signing with James Carroll and authors of the new book Peace Action: Past, Present & Future.

**Light refreshments will be served.**

About the books:

"In 'House of War,' New York Times best-selling author James Carroll argues and then proves a radical thesis: the Pentagon has, since its founding, operated beyond the control of any force in government or society. It is the ultimate loose cannon in American history, and no institution has changed this country more since the end of World War II. From its "birth" on September 11, 1941, through the nuclear buildup of the cold war and the eventual "shock and awe" of Iraq, Carroll recounts how "the Building" and its denizens achieved what Eisenhower called "a disastrous rise of misplaced power." This is not faded history. Carroll shows how the consequences of the American response to September 11, 2001-including two wars and an ignited Middle East-form one end of an arc that stretches from Donald Rumsfeld back to James Forrestal, the first man to occupy the office of secretary of defense in the Pentagon. House of War confronts this dark past so we may understand the current war 
and forestall the next." -Amazon.com

James Carroll’s "House of War" has been called “unequivocally mesmerizing” by Booklist and “Altogether excellent…and essential for understanding the birth of America’s empire” in a starred review by the Kirkus Review.

"Anybody concerned with avoiding nuclear annihilation, and with world peace in general, will find a treasure trove in the new book 'Peace Action: Past, Present and Future.' The voices of those who have created and led Peace Action groups not only provide valuable recent history but convey the kind of passionate wisdom that needs to be applied to our present world." -Dr. Robert J. Lifton, Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima

To pre-order a copy of the Peace Action book ($15), please call 617.354.2169 or email members (at) masspeaceaction.org.

Both books will be available at the event, as well.

Co-Sponsored by Mass Peace Action and Tufts University Peace and Justice Studies Program.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. Contact Mass Peace Action at 617.354.2169 or by email to members(at)masspeaceaction.org.

To download a .pdf flyer for the event and spread the word:


Directions: Lane Hall is lat 2 North Hill Road, Medford, 02155. Click here to find Lane Hall on a campus map: http://www.tufts.edu/home/maps/medford/?p=zoom&fid=m006

MBTA: Take the red line to Davis Square, and the free campus shuttle, or the 94/96 buses to Tufts. More at www.MBTA.com


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