The Humanities Institute

Program Archive

War and Peace

In the fall semester of 2002, the Humanities Institute at Scripps College will sponsor a series of symposia and a small conference on the general topic of “War and Peace.” We hope to address a number of issues throughout the semester, including the problems of violence, conflict, revolution, reconciliation and peacemaking in different geographic, national, and international contexts. In particular, but still quite broadly, we are interested in the intersections of gender, ethnicity, political violence, colonialism and nationalism, the culture and politics of the nuclear age, the politics of pacifism and reconciliation, the comparison of state violence and movements for liberation. These are issues of obvious timeliness, and we hope to engage them with scholars from a range of disciplinary perspectives and expertise.

Speakers and Events

August 25, 2002
"War and Peace"

Humanities Auditorium

This groundbreaking, award-winning documentary explores the moment when India and Pakistan ushered in the new age of the nuclear bomb--and a new peace movement. Anand Patwardhan delves into this post-colonial moment of "nuclear nationalism" occurring 50 years (and three Indo-Pakistani wars) after India and Pakistan's independence, at a time in which "pacifism has become known as the idea that failed."
2002, India, 176 minutes. Directed by
Anand Patwardhan.

September 20, 2002
"The Liberal War"

Humanities Auditorium

One of the great films about the American war in Vietnam, Macdonald's handmade production sheds light on American policy and governmental arrogance long before McNamara's various mia culpas. The film challenges all those other "political documentaries that parade as truth." Directed by Nick Macdonald.

September 20, 2002
"The Sound of My Violin in My Lai"

Humanities Auditorium

This is the story of the dedication of the My Lai Peace Park, which recalls the massacre, the rescue of some Vietnamese by American helicopter pilots, and the reunion of former enemies thirty years late. It looks forward to a future where such things are never to be repeated.
2002, Vietnam. 30 minutes. Directed by Tran Van Thuy.

September 20, 2002
Hanna Elias

Humanities Auditorium

As of June 2002, there were 274 Israeli roadblocks in the autonomous Palestinian Territories. Passing through these roadblocks is a true test for the thousands of Palestinians, who move from one city or district to another. The film follows five characters that face the roadblocks near Ramallah on a daily basis
2002, USA/Palestine, 30 minutes.

September 26, 2002
Women, Gender, and War

Hampton Room, Malott Commons

Symposium Participants

Miriam Cooke
Department of African & Asian Languages and Literature,
Duke University
"Women's Jihad Before and After September 11"

Susan Jeffords
Department of English
University of Washington
"Who Are the Women?"

Jacqueline Siapno
Department of Political Science and Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies
University of Melbourne
"Between Knowledge and Practice: Challenges for Education as a Practice of Freedom in Newly Independent East Timor"

September 27, 2002
"Level Five"

Humanities Auditorium

Mixing fiction and documentary, Chris Marker's film is an elegiac essay on war and memory, technology and loss, peace and history. Laura (the charismatic Catherine Belkhodja) uses a computer to try and play a game that reconstructs the Battle of Okinawa, but she keeps getting stalled by system errors.
1997, France, 110 minutes. Directed by Chris Marker.

October 11, 2002

Humanities Auditorium

The film is about a suburban American family, and what happens to that family after a nuclear war. It is not a science-fiction movie, and it doesn't have any special effects, and there are no big scenes of buildings blowing over and people disintegrating. We never see a mushroom cloud. We never even know who started the war. Instead, Testament, is a tragedy about manners: It asks how we might act toward one another, how our values might stand up in the face of an overwhelming catastrophe."
-Robert Ebert
1983, USA, 90 minutes. Directed by Lynne Littman.

October 16, 2002
The Bomb

Hampton Room, Malott Commons


Mary MacNaughton
Director, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery and Associate Professor of Art History
Atomic Sublime: Abstract Expressionism in the Nuclear Age

October 17, 4:15 p.m.
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

Hugh Gusterson
Anthropology and Science Studies, Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Second Nuclear Age"

Margot Henriksen
Department of History
The University of Hawaii at Manoa
"Las Vegas Explosions: Morality Tales from the Nevada Test Site"

7:30 p.m.
Jonathan Schell
Visiting Fellow, The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School of government,
Harvard University
"America in the Second Nuclear Age: Empire or Republic?"

November 8, 2002
"The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On"

Humanities Auditorium

One of Japan's great films, this impassioned cinema-verite documentary is an account of the one-man wrecking crew/dissident, Okuzaki Kenzo. Okuzaki was an ex-Private of the 36th Engineering Corps who fought in the West Pacific during World War II. Since the late 1950's Okuzaki took it upon himself to right the wrongs of Japan's military past with unabashed zeal and self-ordained divinity.
1987, Japan, 123 minutes.
Directed by Hara Kazuo.

November 14, 2002
Terrorism or Liberation?

Hampton Room, Malott Commons

Conference Participants:

Robert O'Neill
Student, University of California, Berkeley

Friday, November 15, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Heather Zwicker
Department of English
University of Alberta

November 15, 2002
"Camp de Thiaroye"

Humanities Auditorium

Based on real events, this feature film deals with the fate of African soldiers repatriated to Dakar in 1944 after long years of military service in Europe. Instead of returning to their local communities, the soldiers are placed in a transit camp where they confront the reinstated French colonial power.
1988, Senegal, 152 minutes.
Directed by Ousmane Sembene.

November 18, 2002
Terror, Realism and the Tenacious Stereotype

Hampton Room, Malott Commons

Mark Juergensmeyer
Director, Global and International Studies Program; Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence"

Allen Feldman
International Trauma Studies Program
New York University
"Ground Zero Point One: On the Cinematics of History"
Kenneth Roth
Executive Director,
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights and the Campaign Against Terrorism