Programs to Offer Four Unique Perspectives on the Iraq War

April 6, 2006

The recent third anniversary of the war in Iraq provides a backdrop for a series of four programs this spring at Wilmington College designed to offer an overview of the divisive conflict.

“Multiple Perspectives: The Iraq War” will afford opportunities to learn of first person accounts from Iraq War veterans, the perspectives of a political scientist and long-time anti-war activist, and the haunting symbolic images representing the human cost of war.

The multimedia presentation, “Eyes Wide Open — Ohio: Beyond Fear, Toward Hope,” is being held in the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center through Friday (March 31) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday (April 1 and 2) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Thursday (March 30), Peggy Hanna, author of the book Patriotism, Peace and Vietnam, will present “Can Peace Be Patriotic? Examining the Issue through the Lenses of Vietnam and Iraq” at 7:30 p.m. in the Quaker Heritage Center.

In the 1960s and early 70s, Hanna was a Midwestern housewife and mother whose concern and compassion for the American troops in Vietnam turned her from a “hawk” to an active and outspoken “dove.” As a member of the Springfield People for Peace, Hanna demonstrated against the war and urged Congress to bring our troops home.

Her courage and conviction allowed her to overcome her fears, to speak with Vietnam veterans and travel to Paris for the U.S.-Vietnamese peace talks. Now a grandmother of 14 grandchildren, Hanna continues her work for peace in the Midwest.

University of Cincinnati professor Dr. Lynn Rigsbee will speak on “The War in Iraq To-Date: Myths & Realities” April 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Kelly Center. Rigsbee is a faculty member in the Political Science Department at UC’s Raymond Walters College.

The final program in the series will feature a panel discussion led by five Iraq War veterans April 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Kelly Center.

All events are free of charge. The “Multiple Perspectives” series is sponsored by the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center and Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College.