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Expert on Use of Torture and Democracy to Speak at Moravian

Darius Rejali, Peace and Justice scholar-in-residence, to present free public lecture

Bethlehem, Pa., January 8, 2009—Darius Rejali, a nationally recognized expert on government torture and interrogation will present “Torture and Democracy: What Now?” at Moravian College on Tuesday, January 20, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building.  Rejali who was named a Peace and Justice scholar-in-residence at Moravian College will examine the long history of modern torture, from the late nineteenth century to the aftermath of Abu Ghraib as well as the controversial question whether torture really works. He reaches surprising and troubling conclusions about the relationship of torture to democracy and the consequences of torture for democracies that use it. The program is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Professor and chair of political science at Reed College, Dr. Rejali is the author of  Torture and Democracy (Princeton, 2007). It won the 2007 Human Rights Book of the Year Award from the American Political Science Association.

The Peace and Justice scholar-in-residence is an early step in establishing a Peace and Justice Studies program at Moravian, which brings a distinguished speaker to campus to raise awareness of peace and justice issues among students, faculty members, and the public.  Peace and Justice studies programs at colleges and universities are multidisciplinary initiatives that provide an intellectual focus on the connections between social analysis, ethical deliberation, peacemaking and conflict resolution. Their goal is to prepare students to be responsible critical analysts of society and effective agents for positive social transformation.

While visiting the College on January 19 and 20, Rejali will participate in a number of activities, visit classes, and meet faculty during the day.
The public lecture is sponsored by Moravian College’s Peace and Justice Steering Committee and Arts and Lectures Committee. Please direction questions to Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, kdenton@moravian.edu, or call 610-861-1491.