Potential Speakers for Fall 2008 Educational Events
Updated as of Sept. 10
Each of the listed speakers has agreed to be available for some events during the Fall semester. The exact timing will depend on their schedules. The host institutions will be expected to cover travel expenses. Many of the speakers have agreed to waive their fees or to speak for a nominal cost, but these arrangements should be made on an individual basis.
While each of those listed is a critic of Administration policies, they come from diverse positions on the political spectrum and hold diverging views on appropriate solutions.
Maziar Behrooz, Asst. Prof. of Middle East history, San Francisco State U., email@example.com
Topics: “I could talk about the anti-imperialist movement of the 1890s and early 1900s, libertarian/conservative non-interventionism in the Cold War (and earlier), and civil liberties during wartime (particularly World War I and World War II), left/right antiwar coalitions in American history (and now). I am flexible, however, beyond these topics.”
Medea Benjamin, Founding Director of Global Exchange, author of several books including Stop the Next War Now, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phyllis Bennis, fellow of Institute for Policy Studies, author of Challenging Empire and Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, email@example.com
Frida Berrigan, senior program associate with the New America Foundation's arms and security initiative, firstname.lastname@example.org.
the war in
Leslie Cagan, National Coordinator of the antiwar coalition United for Peace and Justice, email@example.com.
Topics: Stopping the Iraq War; Peace and the Elections
Topics: What Drives US Foreign Policy: A Historical Perspective; American Attitudes Toward War and Peace, Past and Present; The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin; Nonviolence in Theory and US History; Alternative Views of Patriotism; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Jewish Peace View 1968 and 2008.
Topic: “Eleanor Roosevelt: The Promise and Hope for Human Rights & The Restoration of Democracy
Elizabeth de la Vega, former federal prosecutor and author of U.S. v. Bush et al., firstname.lastname@example.org
Available to speak on legal/constitutional issues arising out of invasion of Iraq, Bush administration's torture policy, illegal wiretapping, use of signing statements, and the Military Commissions Act.
Topics: Bush wars in historical perspective, particularly
the roots of the formation of the
(“Rusti”) Eisenberg, Hofstra University, author of Drawing the Line:
The American Decision to Divide Germany
and other writing on the occupation of
Topics: The Iraq War in Historical Perspective; Peace and the Elections
Topic: Modern Middle East;
Marv Gettleman, co-editor of Middle East and Islamic World Reader (with Stuart Schaar), email@example.com
Topic: Middle East
Rich Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic: Wars, regimented schools, high-stakes exams, the military, and empire; Critique of capitalist democracy and its elections, as a shell game
Aaron Glantz, international journalist, author of How America Lost Iraq and the forthcoming The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle Against America’s Veterans, email@example.com.
Melvin A. Goodman,
Topic: The Challenge of International Security for the Next Administration
Topic: “I could speak on how patriotic nationalism and war are incompatible with world leadership and solving the environmental, economic, and security issues that confront us.”
Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University, author of numerous books including the forthcoming Sowing Crisis: American Hegemony and the Cold War in the Middle East, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffrey P. Kimball, Emeritus professor
Topic: Comparing Bush’s Foreign Policy Legacy and Obama’s New Outlook
Kuznick, History professor and director of Nuclear Studies Institute,
Erik Leaver, Institute for Policy Studies, Policy Outreach Director of the Foreign Policy in Focus project, email@example.com, phone 202-234-9238 x240
Topics: Iraq / Afghanistan / War on Terror
Lembcke, College of the Holy Cross,
He could speak in connection with the film Sir! No Sir! (http://www.sirnosir.com) an 85-minute documentary on the Vietnam-era GI antiwar movement; he appears in the film.
US Policy in the
Zachary Lockman, Middle East and Islamic Studies, New York University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic: US Policy in the
Elizabeth McKillen, University of Maine, Elizabeth_McKillen@umit.maine.edu (not available until after early November)
Topics: U.S. Labor and American Foreign Policy; "Losers" in Past Debates over National Security and their significance for today; U.S. Military Occupations in Historical Perspective
Topic: The Iraq War and the War on Terror in Historical Perspective
Topic: Resistance in the Military
Murphy, Code Pink, email@example.com
(she is based in
Topic: Antiwar Activism
Robert Naiman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Topics I would be happy to talk about: Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel/Palestine; Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia.”
Margaret Power, Illinois Institute of Technology, former co-chair of Historians Against the War, email@example.com
Topic: Solidarity and the Antiwar Movement
Melinda Power, civil rights attorney, West Town Community Law Office, Chicago, one of the attorneys handling the case of 800 people arrested in March 2003 for protesting the war, firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics: Civil Rights and the Bush Administration; Cases involving anti-war demonstrators
John Prados, author of numerous books including Safe for Democracy: The Secret History of the CIA, phone 301-565-0564
Wayne Ross, Department of Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia, email@example.com
Topic: Schooling, Inequality, and Warfare
David F. Schmitz,
Topic: Dissent in Times of War
Michael Schwartz, Stony Brook University, author of the new War Without End: The Iraq War in Context, firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic: “War and Occupation in
Stoler, professor emeritus of
Topic: Bush policy in historical perspective
Topics: US Middle East Policy; Oil/Energy and Politics
Topics: The Role of the US Movement; Challenging Nuclear Militarism; The Tragedy of US Foreign Policy
Ann Wright, military veteran and diplomat who resigned from the US Foreign Service in protest of the invasion of Iraq, previously in US Embassy in Kabul, email@example.com
“I am available to speak on the war in Iraq; the pending war on Iran; torture, Guantanamo, and Abu Ghaib; sexual assault of women in the military; suicide or murder of women in the military; foreign policy issues of Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan”
Topic: Bush Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective; Iraq War / Vietnam
Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics,
Topics: A list of possible topics can be found at http://220.127.116.11/lecturetopics.html
Other Potential Sources of Speakers:
The following organizations may also be able to help with speakers:
American Civil Liberties Union (http://www.aclu.org – click on link to “Your Local ACLU” at bottom of page for contact information for state affiliates)
Center for Constitutional Rights(http://www.ccr-ny.org)
Code Pink (http://www.codepink4peace.org)
Gold Star Families for Peace (http://www.gsfp.org)
Iraq Veterans Against the War (http://www.ivaw.net)
Military Families Speak Out (http://www.mfso.org – click on “Chapters” link on left side of home page)
September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (http://www.peacefultomorrows.org – click on “Speakers Bureau” on home page)
United for Peace and Justice (http://www.unitedforpeace.org)
Veterans for Peace (http://www.veteransforpeace.org – click on “Chapter Contacts” on left side of home page)
Vietnam Veterans Against the War (http://www.vvaw.org – click on “Contact Us” for a page that includes links to regional contacts)
Many of the most vibrant and important Vietnam-era Teach-Ins took the form of debates between antiwar speakers and defenders of the Johnson/Nixon policies.These offered students the opportunity to observe proponents of the "conventional wisdom" in direct dialogue with critics.
If you wish to use this format, you may find it difficult to identify pro-Administration speakers who are willing waive a fee.
Public officials: Congressional
representatives or members of the state legislature who support the war may be
willing to participate in campus events.
Republicans will be more likely to support the existing policies, but keep
in mind that many Democrats also support the war in
ROTC: If ROTC is on your campus the
commanding officers, many of whom have served in
Conservative Foundations and Think- Tanks
These organizations do not provide formal Speakers Bureaus, but they do give contact information for relevant experts and in some instances guidance from staffers about possible speakers:
American Enterprise Institute, http://www.aei.org/
Center for Strategic and International Studies, http://www.csis.org/
Heritage Foundation, http://www.heritage.org/About/Contact.cfm
Hudson Institute, http://hudson.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_an_expert&raid=ForeignPolicy