Pacifist, author and leader in the movement toward world peace, Colman McCarthy will lead this year’s President’s Forum series with a timely discussion on social justice and nonviolence.
September 4, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—On the morning of September 11, Colman McCarthy was teaching a class on nonviolence at American University. Fittingly enough, the topic of the day’s lesson was the connections between religious faith and government warmaking.
Since then McCarthy’s writings have gotten a lot of attention. He has spoken at campuses across the country, urging students to defy convention by becoming citizens who are other-centered, not self-centered.
As the first speaker for this year’s President’s Forum Series, McCarthy will lead a discussion titled “Nonviolence in a Time of War” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
McCarthy is a former syndicated columnist and editorial page reporter for the Washington Post. He is the founder of the Center for Teaching Peace and the author of six books on social justice and nonviolence. McCarthy continues to teach courses on peace studies at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Maryland, American University and three public high schools in Washington, D.C.
McCarthy is honored to have been asked to participate in the forum sponsored by Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan, a former student of his at Georgetown University in the 1990s.
Now in its third year, the President’s Forum Series, established by President Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members.
The next guest is Ambassador Charles Stith, former ambassador to Tanzania, who will visit campus on Monday, October 28. The talks are free and the public is invited. The event will be sign language interpreted.