Cultural Studies Sponsors Teach-In on Guantánamo Bay Issues

Posted: October 5, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s Cultural Studies doctoral program has arranged for Mason to be one of some 300 colleges and universities nationwide participating today in a teach-in on Guantánamo Bay issues.

The all-day teach-in, which will be webcast from Seton Hall University School of Law, will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 7 p.m. At Mason, the webcast will be shown on the Fairfax Campus in Student Union Building II, Rooms 5, 6 and 7.

According to Paul Smith, professor in the Cultural Studies Program, all Mason students and faculty are welcome to participate for any portion of the day. He expects some faculty members to bring classes to the teach-in, particularly those in cultural studies, sociology, English, history, economics and law, as well as New Century College classes.

“Depending on the participants and their interests, I expect we’ll have some discussions with our own students during the webcast. We can stop it any time we want,” Smith notes.

Some of the topics to be explored in the webcast are

  • Journalists’ perspectives: ethical issues and how much to publish and how much to withhold

  • Medical professionals and Guantánamo

  • Guantánamo and religious communities

  • American detention policy

  • Torture in the modern world

  • The military and the commander in chief

  • Guantánamo and American foreign relations

Among the many speakers are Joseph Margulies, author of “Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power”; William H. Taft IV, former chief legal advisor, U.S. Department of State; Lt. Com. Charles Swift, military defense counsel in the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case; and Capt. James Yee, former chaplain at Guantánamo and author of “For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism under Fire.”

For more information about the program and speakers, see the web site.

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