Peacework in the Shadow of 9/11: Intellectual and Applied Action
September 11, 2001, was a horrific day and a catastrophic loss of life. In the years that followed, 9/11 was leveraged to justify unprecedented surveillance through the Patriot Act, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror. Against these government and dominant cultural responses, some scholars, organizers, and everyday citizens sought routes toward peacemaking, healing, and inclusion - from diverse locations and drawing on diverse methods.
In this plenary session and conversation we will hear from scholars and organizers who have leveraged their positionality to challenge dominant narratives, to promote peace and equitable development around the world, and to encourage healing, reconciliation, and enhanced cooperation across borders. Speakers include:
- Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Professor, Global Religions, Moravian University; "With Violence, America Reaps What It Sows," The Nation; "The Deadly Consequences of Making War `Sacred,'" Sojourners Magazine; New book: And then your soul is gone: Moral Injury and U.S. War-culture
- Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania; Director, International Educational Development Program; Director, Teaching Beyond September 11th curriculum project; University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
- John Katsos '07, Associate Professor of Business, Ethics, Law, and Social Responsibility at The American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; With co-authors in the Harvard Business Review, “In Light of Russia Sanctions, Consider Your Conditions for Doing Business in Other Countries” and “The Power of Community Partnerships in Times of Crisis,” as well as “Business in War Zones: How Companies Promote Peace in Iraq,” with Yass AlKafaji in the Journal of Business Ethics.