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Reflections on the global war on terror talk coming to NU

Nipissing University welcomes Dr. John Duncan to campus for a special lecture, Terror and Endless War – Reflections on the Global War on Terror, Thursday, October 6, 7 – 9 p.m. in room A122.

The event is organized by the Nipissing District Branch of the Canadian International Council (CIC) in partnership with the department of Political Science at Nipissing University.

Drawing on his research on philosophy, global terrorism and international relations, Dr. Duncan will reflect on the evolution of the war on terror in the years following 9/11 and the start of the war in Afghanistan.

Dr. Duncan completed his PhD in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Social and Political Thought at York University in 1998, and quickly joined the faculty at the University of King’s College in Halifax. In 2002, he founded the international bilingual society for the study of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC) and served as its president until May 2009. During a 2004-05 sabbatical leave he was Ashley Fellow at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, a year in which he co-founded PhaenEx, EPTC’s interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. He remained a PhaenEx executive editor until the summer of 2012. In the summer of 2005 he was appointed assistant professor and director of the Ethics, Society, and Law (ES&L) program at Trinity College, as well as an instructor in the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program in public policy, ethics, international relations, and health science, for which he served as director from 2012 to 2014. From 2006 to 2011 he was an executive member of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics, for which he organized the October 2011 Public Issues Forum: On the very idea of a good war: Afghanistan ten years in. Beginning at Trinity in 2007 and continuing in partnership with Victoria College in the University of Toronto from 2010, he co-founded the Humanities for Humanity outreach program and remains its academic director. Starting from the 2011-12 year he has led Victoria College’s Culture, Conflict, and the Media seminar, and served as the academic director for its Theatre for Thought outreach program, both of which are part of Victoria’s Ideas for the World program. In January 2014 he became the first holder of the appointment of Faculty Advisor for the Ideas for the World program at Victoria. From 2013 to 2015 he has served as vice president of the Canadian Peace Research Association. He has co-edited a volume on the thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau as well as issues of PhaenEx, written chapters, articles, reviews and opinion pieces on the history of philosophy, continental philosophy, and politics, and given many talks on the same subjects. His feature article on close air support and civilian casualties in Afghanistan, Death from Above, first published in This Magazine, March/April, 2010, was re-published in Tightrope Books’ The Best Canadian Essays: 2011. He published a chapter in October 2013 on the virtue of deep dissent, and is currently working on a book on the war in Afghanistan.

This free event is open to everyone, however seating is limited. Please register here with the online registration system before Thursday October 6.
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