Barry Gan is president elect of CPP

Presbey, Gail. “CPP News,” Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Vol. 26 (Spring-Summer 2006)

Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP) had our annual conference in November 20005 at California State University, Chico, where member Ron Hirschbein was our host. The conference went very well. I would like to report the highlights of our Executive and General business meeting.

Members of the Executive committee include myself, Paul Churchill (President), Larry Bove (Past President), David Boersema (Treasurer), Bill Gay (PoP series editor), Ron Hirschbein (APA liason – Pacific division), Eddy Souffrant (APA liason – Eastern division), and Harry vander Linden (APA liason – Central division).

Dave Boersema reported that the funds available for CPP at that time were $4,016.71. These funds must cover costs of the newsletter, and are sometimes used to help defray costs of publishing a volume in our Rodopi series (no more than $500 per book). He noted that we had not yet collected dues for the 2005-06 academic year. We decided to send out a call for dues before the end of 2005, which we have done.

Included with the call for dues was a ballot for the re-appointment of the Executive Director (myself) and a vote for President of CPP for 2006-08 academic years. I can now add an update on this issue. The dues collection went reasonably well with our usual rate of about sixty paid members handing in their dues. As a result of the election, I was re-appointed Executive Director, and Bary Gan was elected president.

Also at the meeting we discussed the location of our next CPP conference, and its theme. We accepted Barry Gan’s proposal that we meet at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. Since then he has updated us, announcing that the dates of the conference will be Oct. 19-22. The topic is “Peacework.” The keynote speaker will be Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and lifelong peace activist. He will be speaking near the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s first satyagraha action (which was in South Africa on Sept. 11, 1906).

Also at our business meetings, Bill Gay gave his report on the PoP series. I will let him write his own update for this letter. Let me close with a reminder that you will be getting your call for 2006-07 dues by the end of this spring, and although it may seem soon considering you only got the last call for dues at the end of December, this is due to our having been late with the last call. We will try to get on track with the next call for dues, so please prepare yourself to receive the announcement!

Gail Presbey is CPP Executive Director and Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Detroit Mercy. She recently completed studies in India as a Fulbright Scholar.

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