30th March 2006

 

IRAQ, VIETNAM AND THE DILEMMAS OF SOLDIERS

 

The celebrated American anti-war campaigner Dr James Skelly will visit the University of Lincoln next week to give a talk on the parallels between the wars in Iraq and Vietnam.

 

Dr Skelly will speak to staff and students in the Policy Studies Research Centre on Wednesday 5th April about ‘Iraq, Vietnam and the Dilemmas of Soldiers’.

 

Now a Senior Fellow at the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, Dr Skelly refused to serve in Vietnam and sued the United States then Secretary of Defence, helping to redefine the criteria for in-service conscientious objection.

 

Following his honourable discharge from the US military in 1971 he worked as part of the anti-war movement with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.

 

He has spent much of the last 30 years working to forestall war and military conflict while creating educational programmes that might lead to a more peaceful world.

 

From 1992 until 1997 Dr Skelly lectured and served as Deputy Director and Academic Co-ordinator at the European University Centre for Peace Studies.

 

He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and serves on the advisory board for The Millennium Journal of International Studies.

 

He will give his lecture in the Cargill Lecture Theatre in the main academic building at Brayford Pool at 4pm on Wednesday 5th April.

 

Admission is free, refreshments are available and members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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