Not all soldiers can leave the battlefields behind, and when back home, some relive horrific memories through bouts of post traumatic stress syndrome. Ed Tick, PhD, the author of War and the Soul, will discuss his advocacy campaign to have this mental illness recognized as a diagnosis during his keynote address for the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence’s International Peace and War Summit, Oct. 25-30.
Tick will speak on War Healing at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28, in Ford Auditorium in Allen Memorial Library, 11000 Euclid Ave. Following his free, public talk will be an exhibit of photography by Ted Engelman, who has documented war for decades.
The weeklong Summit event includes seven panel discussions with representatives from 15 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America.
Panels span topics from ethics of war in the 21st century, recovery and healing for the returning veteran, causes of conflicts, child soldiers and peace education, the corporate role in international conflicts, the role of non-military personnel in torture and counter-insurgency efforts, and the future of peace and war.
“We wanted to host an event for the campus and wider community that brings together military ethicists and peace activists for open dialogue,” said Shannon French, director of the Inamori Center. French came to the university with 11 years of experience teaching ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy where she focused on “the boots-on-the-ground warrior.”
The International Peace and War Summit, Oct. 25-30, provides an open environment for dialogues among those who fight our wars, those who work for peace, and those who study the laws of war and the challenges to sustainable peace.
“The burden of fighting our nation’s wars is borne by a small segment of our population, and those volunteers are stretched very thin,” French said. “First we must meet our obligations to our troops and our veterans, then we must all work together to forge realistic strategies for lasting peace.”
The Inamori Center has approached the peace and war topic from multiple facets to appeal to a wide range of people. French said these panels are open discussions, including audience Q&A, and not presentations of academic papers.
Beyond the panels, the Inamori Center also will host cultural activities supporting the theme of peace and war: a play, musical performances, poetry reading, Native American drum processional, art exhibits, films and more.
Veterans can work with the organization, Combat Paper, to create art work from war memorabilia such as a piece cloth from an old uniform. Veterans will create homemade paper on which they add personal memories of their experiences.
Other conference highlights are:
- May 4th Voices a play by David Hassler in Ford Auditorium, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
- Film screening of the documentary Ana’s Playground at the Inamori Center, Thursday, Oct. 28, at 2:15 p.m.
- The Summit Concert, featuring an 80-person intergenerational choir, Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:00pm in the Amasa Stone Chapel.
- Speak Peace, an art exhibit from Vietnam’s War Remnants Museum and reflective poetry, all week at the Kelvin Smith Library.
With his wife, Kate Dahlstedt, Tick founded the nonprofit Soldier’s Heart to assist returning veterans from recent and current conflicts. On Oct. 25, Soldier’s Heart’s national meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the university’s Squire Valleevue Farm in Hunting Valley to coincide with the Peace and War Summit. At noon Oct. 27, Tick and Dahlstedt will lead role-playing exercises for veterans and civilians.
Most events are free and open to the public. Admission is charged for some performances. For information or a full list of activities, call 216-368-2579 or visit the website.