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Peter C. Schaehrer Memorial Lecture Series

The Schaehrer Initiative and Memorial Lecture Series was established by classmates of Pete Schaehrer ’65 — a career educator and a champion of civil rights.
The PCON and Colgate community are grateful for their contributions and commitment to the ideals Pete Schaehrer championed.

2014 Lecture

Fredrik Logevall
Anbinder Professor of History, Vice Provost for International Affairs, and
Director of the Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University

"The Meaning of the Vietnam War"

Dr. Fredrik Logevall is the author of Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam which received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History and the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians, among other awards. 

2013 Lecture

Erica Chenoweth
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Denver
"Why Civil Resistance Works"

Professor Erica Chenoweth is co-winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, for her 2011 book co-authored with Maria Stephan Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict (Columbia University Press). She is assistant professor at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and directs that school’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. She has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies.

2012 Lecture

Joy Gordon
Professor of Philosophy, Fairfield University
"The Invisible War"

Professor Joy Gordon is a professor of philosophy at Fairfield University. She has a PhD in philosophy from Yale University, and a JD from Boston University School of Law. She has published articles in Le Monde Diplmatique, Global Governance, Harper's, The Atlantic, Ethics and International Affairs, Arab Studies Quarterly, and the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, in addition to her book, Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions (Harvard University Press, 2010).

2011 Lecture

Carolyn Nordstrom
Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
"The Global Shadow of Tomorrow’s War"

Professor Carolyn Nordstrom gave the keynote to the "UNSPOKEN Human Rights Forum."

Professor Nordstrom is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Her books, Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World, and Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the 21st Century, touch on the invisible economies and networks created during times of war, especially in conflict countries, and her eyewitness accounts provide deep access into these strange but accepted worlds in many different countries. Some of her research interests include the anthropology of war and peace, epicenters of conflict and peace-building, transnational crime, and gender, along with the intersection points along each area.

2010 Lecture

Scott Straus
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Violence and the Future of America"

Professor Scott Straus is an associate professor of political science and international studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he also directs the Human Rights Initiative. His book, The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda, received the 2006 Award for Excellence in Political Science and Government from the Association of American Publishers.

Leading genocide scholar René Lemarchand calls The Order of Genocide “a landmark in the field of genocide studies” for its combination of meticulous survey research and interviews with hundreds of detainees accused of taking part in the genocide in Rwanda. Lemarchand writes that Straus’s book is “the most significant effort to date to bring the horrors of mass murder into the cold light of social scientific inquiry. If for no other reason, it will remain for years to come the definitive book on the most horrifying and puzzling genocide of modern times.”

2009 Lecture

Darius Rejali
Author of Torture and Democracy

Tracing the development and application of torture techniques over the last century leads to startling conclusions. Dictatorships may have tortured more, and more indiscriminately, but the U.S., Britain, and France pioneered and exported techniques that have become the common base of modern torture: methods that leave no marks. Police and soldiers developed "clean" techniques, such as torture by electricity, ice, water, noise, drugs, and stress positions. As democracy and human rights spread after World War II, so too did these methods. As part of this talk, Rejali also takes up the challenging question of whether torture works, asks what we might expect of the Obama administration, and explores prospects for the future prevention of torture internationally.