Joan E. Bowes-James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series

Joan E. Bowes-James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series

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Date and Time

  • Monday, November 1, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




"Why War Won't Go Away"

Neither modern sophistication nor high technology has changed the principles of conflict—given that war is a wholly human enterprise and human nature is largely unchanging. A review of some 2,500 years of wisdom about why wars start, the manner in which they are conducted, and how they end would remind us, of the modern age, that, despite our denials, we are mostly no different from those who warred in the past.

Victor Davis Hanson portraitVictor Davis Hanson, is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was a full-time farmer before joining California State University, Fresno, in 1984 to initiate a classics program. In 1991 he was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given yearly to the country's top undergraduate teachers of Greek and Latin. In 2007, Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal. Including 10 books, Hanson is the author of more than 170 articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history as well as essays on contemporary culture. He was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. 1975), the American School of Classical Studies (1978–79) and received his Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University in 1980. Hanson currently lives and works with his family on their forty-acre tree and vine farm near Selma, California, where he was born in 1953.

5:30 p.m. – presentation, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (KIPJ) Theatre
6:30 p.m. – reception, KIPJ Rotunda

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