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William Smith Student Presents on Human Rights in a Time of War

Montesano '05 to deliver paper at SUNY Oneonta Philosophy Conference
(March 15, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—The 10th annual SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will feature work from a William Smith student this year. Marie Montesano '05 was recently accepted to the highly competitive conference, which features the work of undergraduates from all over North America.

The William Smith senior will present a paper titled “The Moral Dilemma of the Military’s Professional Dilemma,” which explores the role of the military in human rights violations. Montesano used the reign of Augusto Pinochet in Chile as a case study for her research.

Professor Richard Salter, who referred Montesano to the conference, described the difficult moral questions that resonate throughout her work: “On the one hand, soldiers are professionals, obligated to follow orders and serve their superiors. On the other hand, soldiers are moral beings, and can never fully separate themselves morally from the decisions they must make and live with.”

The Oneonta conference will include time for the presentation of the papers as well as discussion panels designed to facilitate philosophical exchange and opportunities for feedback and critique of students’ works. The conference is scheduled to be held from April 15-16 at SUNY Oneonta. It is free and open to the public.

Montesano is a native of Glenville, N.Y. She has studied in Madrid, Spain, while attending HWS and is a member of the Laurel Society for William Smith juniors.

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