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Nearly a year after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke and just as the Defense Department is reported to be considering changes to military tribunals used to prosecute detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Colby College’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement is offering a series of programs titled “Fighting Terrorism: Ethical and Policy Dilemmas.” The series includes lectures, a panel discussion, performances, and workshops on the Waterville campus from April 5 to April 15. The panel discussion and the keynote address are open to the public free of charge.
The conference keynote address, “Terrorism, Freedom, and Security,” will be delivered by Philip Heymann, a Harvard Law School professor, on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Room 1, Olin Science Center. Heymann served at high levels in both the State and Justice Departments during the Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton administrations. He was Deputy U.S. Attorney General in 1993 and 1994. Since then, he has been integrally involved in the national debate about the conditions necessary to keep high officials accountable to the system of criminal justice. His most recent book, Terrorism, Freedom, and Security (The MIT Press, 2004), prompted Rand Beers to describe Heymann as “one of the leading thinkers in the world on the subject of terrorism.”
A panel discussion titled “Balancing Effective Policy and Human Rights” will feature Rand Beers, former White House counterterrorism advisor; Margaret Crahan of the City University of New York; Jack Devine, a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency; and Joseph Saunders of Human Rights Watch. It will take place on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Room 100, Lovejoy Building.
Beers, a retired senior civil servant with 35 years of service, most recently worked as special assistant to the President and senior director for combating terrorism (2002-2003). He surprised many with his resignation just prior to the war in Iraq and his move to the Kerry campaign in May of 2003. Beers currently runs a national security communications organization and is an adjunct lecturer on terrorism at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Crahan, a professor of Latin American history, has been a member of international missions and has done extensive research throughout Latin America. She has co-written or edited more than 70 articles and books including The Wars on Terrorism and Iraq: Human Rights, Unilateralism, and U.S. Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2004).
During his three decades at the CIA, Devine supervised thousands of CIA employees involved in sensitive missions throughout the world. He served as chief of the Latin American Division (1992-1993), where he managed the CIA’s sensitive projects in that region. From 1985 to 1987 Devine headed the CIA’s Afghan Task Force. Previously he served in the Middle East Division.
Saunders, currently deputy program director at Human Rights Watch, is responsible for coordinating HRW’s work on Asia, the United States, Central and Latin America, women’s rights, business and human rights, and terrorism/counterterrorism.
Other programs include films, two plays (All Pillows are Soft by Ariel Armony and The Wretched by Laura Chakravarty Box, both Colby faculty), and a policy workshop for students titled “The Ticking Bomb and Other Scenarios.”
The program is offered by Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, which connects teaching and research with contemporary political, economic and social issues. For more information about the Goldfarb Center, please visit http://www.colby.edu/goldfarbcenter.