Sunday, March 19, 2006

War is Complex: Information and ideas, not politics and polarization

This week, Buzzsaw Haircut is making an enormous gift to Ithaca College. After months of planning and fundraising, the magazine will present 'War is Complex," a series of special events designed to engage us in a thoughtful and substantive conversation about war.

The events are specifically designed to present a wide range of opinions and to grapple with the complicated nature of modern war. It will also be a time for students to discuss the role of a college campus in the national dialogue on the Iraq War.

“The series will create an opportunity for our campus community to reinvigorate debates that have too often been pushed to the back of our minds or relegated to simplistic and polarizing rhetoric,” said Matthew Corley, a senior politics major and news editor of Buzzsaw Haircut.

The events are co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Journalism, the Department of Cinema and Photography, the Student Government Association, the Residence Hall Association, Amnesty International and Students for a Just Peace.

Events include:

Monday, March 20

Panel discussion on veterans’ issues
7 p.m.
Textor 101

Tuesday, March 21
Author, blogger and Iraq War veteran Colby Buzzell will speak at a brown bag lunch with students
Park 220

Buzzell’s public lecture on his book, My War
7 p.m.
Textor 101

Wednesday, March 22
Screening of Occupation: Dreamland
7 p.m.
Park Auditorium.

Thursday, March 23
Student forum on the Iraq War (features students from a range of backgrounds and opinions on the war as well as audience participation)
7 p.m.
Textor 101

For more information or to set up interviews with the speakers, please contact Kate Sheppard by phone at (607) 339-9723 or by e-mail at


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