Professor Kirstein to speak at “The Progressive Forum”

Peter N. Kirstein will be the featured speaker at “The Progressive Forum” on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. His address is titled, “Towards a New Past: The Meaning of the Iraq War” and will start at 7 p.m. at The Empire Buffet, 4601 Lincoln Highway (Route 30), Matteson, Ill. Kirstein’s remarks will follow an open buffet dinner that starts at 6 p.m.

This was their press release:

Come hear one of America’s “most dangerous” academics speak!  

Peter N. Kirstein is professor of history at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and is a nationally known progressive for his antiwar advocacy and defense of academic freedom. He was suspended for an antiwar e-mail to an Air Force Academy cadet in 2002 that was the subject of a national controversy over academic freedom and free speech. Kirstein was profiled in David Horowitz, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America and debated the conservative author on the Iraq War and academic freedom. Kirstein has appeared in the national and international media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and two recent television interviews on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. Professor Kirstein was the recipient of his university’s Teaching Excellence Award and was recently elected Vice President of the American Association of University Professors-Illinois Conference. He is a veteran of the United States Army Reserves.  

“Towards a New Past: The Meaning of the Iraq War.”

The professor will examine American militarism and describe the Iraq War as symptomatic of that phenomenon. The Iraq War needs to be assessed in terms of its continuum as a component of American militarism and global imperialism. The threat to America is mostly internal and does not derive from opponents of American foreign policy or the so-called latest designer enemy abroad; indeed the architects of illusion who construe the planet as a geopolitical entity for manipulation and domination are the enemy. They are the ones who send our daughters and sons to die heroically in vain for racist, radical state terrorism. The challenge is to find pathways to peace, internationalism and reconciliation that rejects the Vital Center’s obsession with total security, blind support of Zionism and muscular, lawless unilateralism.  

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