Past Conferences

CFP: CPP 2005 Conference (Cal State – Chico)


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NOVEMBER 3–6, 2005


Since its inception in 1981, Concerned Philosophers for Peace [CPP] has become the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of war and prospects for peace. The organization holds an annual conference as well as programs at each divisional meeting of the American Philosophical Association. The forthcoming Chico conference invites papers analyzing a vital, albeit problematic, issue—the role of remembrance in facilitating reconciliation. The numerous possible topics include:

What does reconciliation entail in specific conflicts at home and abroad?

What role does the remembered past play in fomenting—or meliorating—these conflicts?

Are certain events prima facie unforgivable?

Is it essential to recall and forgive past injustices in order to facilitate reconciliation?

Is it better to look pragmatically to the future and to forget about settling scores with the past?

Submissions are also invited addressing other topics related to the causes of war and the prospects for peace.

Kelly Candaele, a prominent screenwriter and journalist, will be the keynote speaker. His Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary A League of Their Own became a major Hollywood film: a tribute to the courage of women—such as his mother—in overcoming sexism. As a journalist featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Nation he accompanied President Clinton on three occasions to investigate the president’s role in facilitating reconciliation in Northern Ireland. He has lectured widely on remembrance and reconciliation in this troubled area. His talk is entitled “When Hope and History Rhymed – Northern Ireland’s Quest for Peace.” Through the auspices of the Peace Institute at California State University, Chico, Kelly is arranging to take a group of students to Belfast in July to learn about peacemaking firsthand. The experience will be recorded as Kelly’s latest documentary. Accordingly, Kelly will also be available to discuss the use of popular media to explore remembrance and reconciliation.

The conference will be the centerpiece of the Peace Institute’s Second Annual Peace Festival. The Department of Philosophy at California State University, Chico is also a sponsor. In addition to other prominent speakers, the event will feature concerts, theatrical groups, and panels of reconciliation between onetime antagonists such as combat veterans and draft resisters, and Palestinians and Zionists.

Chico is a college town 90 miles north of Sacramento at the base of the Sierra Nevada. It features a vibrant college area with many fine restaurants, coffee houses, and bookstores. Optional trips are planned to the Wine Country and to Mount Shasta. Chico is approximately a 3 hour drive from San Francisco and 1½ hours from Sacramento. United Airlines offers three daily flights to Chico from San Francisco.

Please send an abstract of your proposal by AUGUST 15, 2005 [not more than 300 words] to: Ron Hirschbein, Director, The Peace Institute at California State University, Chico at The organization publishes a newsletter, and many of the conference papers have been published in various anthologies. Further information is available on the CPP website:; the list server can be accessed by contacting Barry Gan at; and membership information is available from David Boersma at

By mopress

Writer, Editor, Social Democrat

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