CFP: CPP @ APA Eastern 2010

Concerned Philosophers for Peace is sponsoring two Group Sessions at the 2010 Eastern Division APA Meeting that will be held from Monday, December 27 to Thursday, December 30, 2010, in Boston at the Marriott/Westin-Copley Connection.

(1) For the first of the two Group Sessions, we are calling for participants in a panel, the topic of which is: “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P): By Force of Arms or by Nonviolent Means?”

This topic is well-illustrated by a recent (January 2, 2010) front page article in the New York Times: “Fragile Calm Holds in Darfur After Years of Death.” Instead of by means of armed humanitarian intervention, this fragile calm in Darfur has been achieved (partly or wholly) by means of negotiations, peace agreements, and peacekeeping missions. But the fragility of the calm suggests such questions as the following. Should a credible threat of armed humanitarian intervention be made to preserve the calm?

Our goal is to have a panel representing a wide variety of points of view on this topic, including advocates of just war theory and advocates of nonviolence. Accordingly, there might be panel participants who are not CPP members. Formal papers are not required. Each panelist will have the opportunity to read a paper or to speak informally. Audience participation will be encouraged.

To be considered as a participant in this panel, you should submit a complete paper of 2,500-3000 words (one that can be presented in 20-25 minutes) or a substantial summary of an informal talk (one that is sufficient to allow appraisal of its suitability for the panel) no later than April 1, 2010. Your paper or summary should be emailed as an attachment in PDF, Word Perfect, or RTF format to

(2) The second of the two Group Sessions will not have a specific topic. Papers on any topic appropriate for CPP sponsorship will be considered. A complete paper of 2,500-3000 words (one that can be presented in 20-25 minutes) or a substantial summary of an informal talk (one that is sufficient to allow appraisal) should be submitted no later than April 1, 2010. Your paper or summary should be emailed as an attachment in PDF, Word Perfect, or RTF format to

Those who want to participate in this second Group Session should realize that the APA regularly includes the following statement in its letter about Group Sessions: “Two sessions will be allowed if time and space permit. (Up to this point I have always been able to accommodate requests for two sessions, but I cannot absolutely guarantee this.)”

Best wishes,


John W. Lango
CPP liaison with Eastern Division APA
Department of Philosophy
Hunter College of the City University of New York


CPP @ APA Eastern 2009

John Lango has put together another very good session for this year’s
upcoming Eastern APA meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend and here are the details:




1:30-4:30 p.m.

GIX-2. Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Topic: “Ethics and AfPak: Ethical Issues about U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan”


Daniel Dombrowski (Seattle University)
Title of talk: “Afghanistan, Walzer, and the Question of Just Cause”

John W. Lango (Hunter College of the City University of New York)
Title of talk: “Is There a Just Cause for U.S. Military Operations in Afghanistan?”

George R. Lucas, Jr. (U.S. Naval Academy)
Title of talk: “Ethics and the ‘Human Terrain’: The Role of Academics in the Afghan War”

Eric Patterson (Georgetown University)
Title of talk: “Ethics and Af-Pak: Order, Justice, and Conciliation”

Past Conferences

CPP 2009 Advance Program

NOVEMBER 5-7, 2009


Pre-Conference Reception: 8 p.m. (ArtStreet facility)


Session 1, 9am-10:45am

Room A: Global Politics

“Orientalism in the Global War on Terror” by Nathan Eckstrand, Duquesne University

“How Some Definitions (and Their Applications) of ‘Terrorism’ Are Better for the Community than Other Definitions” by Doug Knapp, Inver Hills Community College

“Deliberative Global Politics and Non-Military Humanitarian Counter-Interventions” by Michael Allen, East Tennessee State University

Room B: Problems of Oppression

“Oppression Reconsidered” by Sybol Cook Anderson, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

“Virtue Ethics and the Problem of Oppression” by Robert Paul Churchill, George Washington University

“The Moral Responsibility of Engaging One’s Oppressor” by Court Lewis, University of Tennessee

Coffeebreak: 10:45-11:15am

Session 2, 11:15am-12:30pm

Room A: Post-Modern Views

“The Entwining of Freedom and Intersubjective Sensibility” (Levinas) by Bergo Bettina, Universite de Montreal

“It Could Be…Better” (Irigaray) by Danielle Poe, University of Dayton

Room B: Communities in Conflict

“Communities in Conflict: Standards for Just Negotiations” by John Lango, Hunter College of CUNY

“The Cultural and Political Dimension of Ethnic Conflicts” by Messay Kebede, University of Dayton

Lunch Break: 12:30-2:00pm (Kennedy Student Union or Brown Street)

Session 3, 2:00-3:45pm

Room A: Just Community

“What Constitutes a Just Community?” by Oidinposha Imamkhodjaeva, Visiting Scholar, Penn State Univ.

“Looking Backward toward a Just Community” by Ron Hirschbein, Walden University

“Leftists and Rightists on Distributive Justice” by Ronald Glossop, Prof. Emeritus, Southern Ill. Univ., Edwardsville

Room B: Community Issues

“The Family Lacuna” by Douglas Dreier, Cornell University

“Human Rights, Complex Equality, and Hospitality” by Eddy Souffrant, Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte

“Five Forgiveness Assessments Recommended for Conflict Resolution Processes” by Robert Gould, Conflict Resolution, Portland State University

Coffeebreak: 3:45-4:15pm

Session 4, 4:15-5:30pm

Room A: Indigenous and Undocumented Immigrant Communities

“No Justice, No Peace: What We Must Be Doing” by Tracey Nicholls, Lewis University

“Dream On, Children: Whither the Dream Act?” by Kyoo Lee, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Room B: Reflections on African American Women

“In Support of the Girls from ‘Round Here’: Black Feminist Reflections on the Utility of Rage for Building Communities of Support” by Denise James, University of Dayton

“The State as Batterer: Women’s Progress to Address American’s Family-Like Racial Dysfunction” by Angela Mae Kupenda, Mississippi College School of Law

Room C: Executive Committee of CPP

(See local information for dinner)

Plenary Session: 7:30pm, Kennedy Student Union Ballroom (2nd floor) Angela Davis


Session 5, 9am-10:45am

Room A: Tolerance and Diversity

“Moral Conviction and Disagreement: Getting Beyond (Negative) Toleration” by Matthew Pianalto, Eastern Kentucky University

“Community and Diversity” by William Gay, UNC Charlotte

“Repressive Justice: Marcuse, Adorno, and the American Attempt to Live Wrong Life Rightly” by Arnold Farr, University of Kentucky

Room B: Problems of Justice

“How to Achieve Justice: Rorty on Redescription and Justification” by Susan Dieleman, York University

“Why Are Only Citizens Worthy of Global Justice?” by Jason Breen, York University

“The Relationship between Feminism, Critical Race Theory, and Justice as Fairness” by Michael Da Silva, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Coffeebreak: 10:45-11:15am

Session 6, 11:15am-12:30pm

Room A: Radical Interpretations

“The Radical Praxis of Teaching for a Just Community: Marcuse and Kristeva on Liberating the Subject” by Tanya Loughead, Canisius College

“Devious Emancipations: A Marxian Reexamination of Rawls’s Political Conception of Justice” by Hamad Mohamed, Duquesne University

Room B: Developing Just Communities

“Just Communities and Character Formation: An Answer from Hume’s Treatise” by Juan Santos-Castro, Binghamton University SUNY

“On the Virtues of Community Organizing: Recovering Franklin’s and Dewey’s Insights” by Shane Ralston, Pennsylvania State University

Lunch Break: 12:30-2:00pm (Brown Street)

Session 7, 2:00-3:45pm

Room A: Reflections on Warism

“Civilian Casualties and War” by Joseph Betz, Villanova University

“Grief and Precariousness in Alexander Sokurov’s Alexandra (2007) and Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir (2008)” by Dennis Rothermel, California State University, Chico

“An Engineer’s Reflection on Sometimes Kafkaesque Searches for ‘Truth’ and ‘Communities of Peace and Justice’ in the United States” by Chuck Overby, Engineering Professor Emeritus, Ohio University

Room B: Justice and Economics

“Crime, Punishment, and Justice in Communities” by Wendy Hamblet, North Carolina A & T State University

“Justice in Business and Defense Communities” by Joseph Kunkel, Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton, and Hamid Rafizadeh, Professor of Business, Bluffton University

“Justice and a Pro-Democratic Ethic” by Steve Martinot, Independent Scholar

Short Coffeebreak: 3:45-4:00pm

Session 8, 4:00-5:15pm

Room A: Nonviolence and Love

“Intersectionality and Love” by Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, SUNY Cortland

“Principles for Successful Activism” by Barry Gan, St. Bonaventure University

Room B: Religious Communities

“And They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares: The Peace Ethic of J. Leonard Farmer, Sr.” by Greg Moses, Independent Scholar

“United Methodist Women and Social Justice” by Joseph Osei, Fayetteville State University/UNC

CPP Business Meeting (5:15-6:00pm) in Room C-all are invited!

Banquet and Presidential Address by Gail Presbey

Reception starts at 7:15pm in Kennedy Student Union

Past Conferences

CPP 2009 Registration


NOVEMBER 5-7, 2009


Cost: $50.00 including Thursday and Friday Receptions, Friday and Saturday breakfast (Saturday night Banquet is an additional $25.)

Checks payable to:
Department of Philosophy.

Send registration to:
Linda Mckinley
Department of Philosophy
University of Dayton
300 College Park,
Dayton, OH 45469-1546

Questions can be sent to:

or you can call Danielle Poe at 937-825-5392

Conference Hotel:
Marriott Hotel
Dayton Marriott
1414 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 223-1000
The Marriott has reserved rooms at a rate of $75. Each participant must make their own reservation. The block is listed under “Baker Philosophy Colloquium”. Everyone needs to make their reservations by October 15, 2009.

Nearest Airport: Dayton (DAY)


CPP at APA Central 2009

CPP at APA Central
Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago
Saturday, February 21, 12:15-2:15, session GV-5

Chair: Danielle Poe, University of Dayton

“Turning Swords Into Ploughshares: The Transformative Possibilities of Winter Soldier Movements,” Tracey Nicholls, Lewis University

“Ethics as First Philosophy:King, Levinas, and the Praxis of Peace,” Scott Davidson, Oklahoma City University and Maria D. Davidson, University of Oklahoma

“Agonism and Violence: Critique of an ‘Ethos of Democracy,’ ” Fuat Gursozlu, State University of New York, Binghamton

“Does extreme pacifsm need an after-life metaphysics?,” Carlo Filice, State University of New York, Geneseo

Past Conferences

CPP 2009 with Angela Davis

The 2009 Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference will be held at the University of Dayton, November 6-8, 2009.

The topic of the colloquium is “Communities of Justice.” The focus of the colloquium is on the opportunities and challenges of creating just conditions in local communities. Our keynote speaker on November 7, 2009 will be Dr. Angela Davis. Possible paper topics include:

* What constitutes a just community?
* What obstacles do we face in creating Communities of Justice?
* How can obstacles be overcome in order to make a community more just?
* What is the relationship between local action and national or international action
* Who is oppressed and who are the oppressors?
* How should, and how do oppressed groups respond to each other?
* How should, and how do oppressed groups respond to their oppressor?
* How can we learn from the past, making use of what is valuable, without being tainted by what is harmful?
* What aspects of race theory and feminist theory are supportive of, or prevent creating Communities of Justice?

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by August 1, 2009 to

Features Submission Guidelines

Newsletter Submissions


THE NEWSLETTER for Concerned Philosophers for Peace welcomes submissions of short articles and book reviews. Please indicate “cpp submission” in subject line and include a bio and contact information. Email to either editor:

Greg Moses

Associate Editor
Wendy Hamblet

Past Conferences

CPP 2008 Final Schedule and Hotel

(updated Oct. 19)


OCTOBER 30-31, NOVEMBER 1-2, 2008


Cost: $75.00 including Thursday Reception, Friday and Saturday lunches, Saturday night Banquet. Checks payable to Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice

Conference Hotel Country Inn and Suites (details below)
Nearest Airports Ithaca (ITH) 19.5 miles 32 minutes

and (SYR) 48 mins 41 miles

Final Program

All sessions in Dowd Fine Arts Gallery unless stated
Registration and all food served in the mezzanine outside Main Gallery

Thursday October 30

Reception 7:30-8:30 pm
Main Gallery

Raspberry Brie En Croute
Cheese Quesadilla
Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil
Petit Four
Wine and soft drinks

Friday October 31

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Tea, Orange and Cranberry Juice

9:00-10:30 Session 1

Room A
Duane Cady (Hamlin University, MN) “Religion and War”
Rick Werner (Hamilton College, NY) “The Right to Hope and the Ethics of Belief”

Room B
Lawrence Whitney (Boston University) “ Strategic Transition: The Cosmology of Security”
Margaret Gilleo (Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri) “Challenging war in Eleven Words”

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 2

Room A
Katina Sayers-Walker (SUNY Cortland) “The Blues Guitar, Blue Frog, and the Blues”
Bob Murhlnickel (Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, NY) “Vulnerability and the Peace-Making Virtues”

Room B
Jean-Marie Makang (Frostburg State University, MD) “Poverty as a Way to Peace”
Chuck Guenther (St. Louis Community College) “An Assessment of the Economic Conversion Movement”

12:15- 1:30 Lunch
Roast Turkey or Hummus Sandwiches, Pickles, Potato Chips, Cookies and Brownies, Cold beverages

1:30-3:00 Session 3

Room A
Ron Hershbein (California State University, Chico) “Bad News: Propaganda is Passé”
Bill Gay (UNC Charlotte) “Nonviolent Rhetoric in Geopolitics”

Room B
Paul Parks (SUNY Cortland) “Building Bridges to Peace: Teaching Tolerance Through the History of Art”
Danielle Poe (University of Dayton, Ohio) “Intersubjective Women and Intersubjective Mothering and Nonviolent Activism

3:00-3:15 Break
Assorted cookies, coffee and tea

3:15-4:45 Session 4

Room A
Ronald Glossop (Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville) “Toward World Citizenship: Why and How?”
Fuat Gursozlu (Binghamton University, NY) “Political Virtues for Democratic Pluralism”

Room B
Joe Betz (Villanova University, PA) “Will Kymlicka as Peacemaker”
Edmund Byrne (Indiana University) “Armed Homicidal Self-Defense: A natural Right?”

4:45-5:45 CPP Executive Committee Meeting Room A

7:30 Keynote Address
Sperry Center 105
Arun Gandhi

Saturday November 1

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Tea, Orange and Cranberry Juice

9:00-9:30 Welcome
Main Gallery

9:30-11:00 Session 5

Room A
Christina Michaelson (Le Moyne College, NY) “Pedagogy in Peace Education”
Abby Thomas (India) “Educating for Peace: An Asian Philosophical Blueprint”

Room B
Animals and Violence Panel
Steve Best (University of Texas, El Paso), Andrew Fitz-Gibbon (SUNY Cortland) and Anthony Nocella (SUNY Cortland)

11:00 -11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Session 6

Main Gallery
Dennis Rothermel (California State University, Chico) “Teaching Anti-War War Films”

Room A
Colleen Kattau (SUNY Cortland) Workshop: “The Power of Song for Nonviolent Transformative Action”

Room B
Wendy Hamblet (North Carolina A&T State University) “Cultivating Peaceful Communities: An Exploration of the Paradoxes and Frustrations”

12:00- 1:00 Lunch
Roast Turkey or Hummus Sandwiches, Pickles, Potato Chips, Cookies and Brownies, Cold beverages

1:00-2:30 Session 7

Room A
Andrew Fitz-Gibbon (SUNY Cortland) “Religious Nonresistance to Violence as Political Resistance to the State
Barry Gan (St. Bonaventure University, NY) “Pacifism as Pathology”

Room B
Anna Lübbe (University of Applied Sciences of Fulda, Germany.) “Systemic Constellations and Their Potential in Peace Work”

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:30 Session 8
Resisting War Panel
Main Gallery
Chair: Larry Ashley (SUNY Cortland)
Panel: Michael Smith (Ithaca College), Mr. Finn (Cornell University), Ron Hershbein (UC Chico),

CPP Annual Meeting, Room A
CNYPSC Executive Committee Meeting, Room B

7:30 Banquet and President’s Address
Gail Presbey (University of Detroit, Mercy) “Gandhi on the Problem of Violence within the Indian Struggle for Independence.”
Caleion Room Corey Union
Spinach Salad, Dinner Rolls
Tomato Soup
Apple Sage Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cranberry Chutney Glaze
Lasagna ala Florentine
Herb Seasoned Rice
Seasonal Vegetable Medley
Cheesecake with strawberries and whipped cream
Wine and Perrier Water
Coffee and Tea

Sunday November 2

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Tea, Orange and Cranberry Juice

9:00-10:30 Session 9
Sanjay Lal (Columbus State University) “Gandhian Non-Violence Does Not Presuppose Human Goodness”
Joseph Rayle (SUNY Cortland) “Peace Education: An Ecological Framework”

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 10
Academic Repression Panel
Chair: Anthony Nocella (SUNY Cortland)
Panel: Steve Best (University of Texas, El Paso), Liat Ben-Moshe (Syracuse University), Caroline Kaltefleiter (SUNY Cortland), Mecke Nagel (SUNY Cortland)

Conference Hotel

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cortland, NY
3707 Route 281, Cortland NY 13045
Reservations: (888) 201-1746 US Toll Free
Telephone: (607) 753-8300 Fax: (607) 753-8301
Standard room (2 queen beds)
Rate is $113/night including tax
We have reserved 40 rooms
Cut-off date is 9/30/08
When calling to reserve the room, ask for “Fall Peace Conference for SUNY Cortland”


CPP at APA Eastern 2008

John Lango has put together a very fine CPP session (see below) for the APA Eastern Division meeting this coming December. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend:

DECEMBER 27-30, 2008
Philadelphia, PA- Marriott Hotel


GROUP SESSION VI ­ 7:30-10:30 P.M.

GVI-5. Concerned Philosophers for Peace
7:30-10:30 p.m.

Topic: The United States and the World: How Should the New President Change U.S. Foreign Policy?

Chair: John W. Lango (Hunter College-City University of New York)

Speakers: Joseph Betz (Villanova University)

George R. Lucas, Jr. (United States Naval Academy)

Jan Narveson (University of Waterloo-Canada)

Harry van der Linden (Butler University)


Étienne de la Boétie: Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

In a 1963 anthology, The Quiet Battle: Writings on the Theory and Practice of Non-violent Resistance (paperback by Beacon, 1968), edited and introduced by Mulford Quickert Sibley, Étienne de la Boétie receives attention as the first modern voice of nonviolence. An English translation of Boétie’s Discourse of Voluntary Servitude (1548) is offered by two internet archives: The Memory Hole and Constitution.Org.

“For the present I should like merely to understand how it happens that so many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations, sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give him; who is able to harm them only to the extent to which they have the willingness to bear with him; who could do them absolutely no injury unless they preferred to put up with him rather than contradict him. Surely a striking situation!”