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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

[haw-info] Support Our Third National Conference!

December 4, 2012

Dear HAW colleagues, 

The dust has settled at last on the 2012 elections, and all of us focused on stopping war and making peace are back where we started.  The "War on Terror" justifying grossly illegal actions by our government.  The U.S. military's umbrella spreading further over the world.  Unqualified support to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and killing of Palestinian people.  

HAW was founded almost ten years ago to oppose the looming invasion of Iraq, but our purview has always been larger – the "two, three, many Iraqs" looming in the future.  We're still here because we need to be.

Our next project, which we hope you will support, is HAW's Third National Conference, to be held April 5-7, 2013, at Towson State University.  Its theme is self-explanatory, THE NEW FACES OF WAR, exploring the vast range of contemporary militarism – so much of it "below the radar," unmanned and silent, unlike during the Bush-Cheney years, when everyone knew who and what to oppose.  This conference will not only provide cutting edge analysis of U.S. wars in the twentieth century, it will also offer ideas about what we can do to oppose them.

Although months off, the conference is already coming together very strongly.  Featured speakers include Rashid Khalidi (Columbia), Alfred McCoy (U. of Wisconsin), Ann Wright (Code Pink), and Marilyn Young (NYU). 

Roundtables and panels already accepted address topics such as "Imperial War from Counterinsurgency to Drones," "The Asia-Pacific Pivot," "The New Conscientious Objectors," "Law and the New Faces of War," and "Teaching the War on Terror."  (Proposals for panels, workshops, and individual papers are still being accepted at conf@historiansagainstwar.org up to December 15.)

It costs real money to put a conference like this—for facilities, printed materials, travel, all the nitty-gritty.  We again need your financial support.  Anything from $25 to $100, or anything above or below those figures, would be much appreciated.  You can use the PayPal link on our website (at http://www.historiansagainstwar.org/donations.html or else mail a check to me as HAW Treasurer at the Department of History, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster PA 17604-3003.

Thank you, and hope to see you in April,

Van Gosse

For the HAW Steering Committee



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