terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 reopened what many people in America had
long assumed was a settled ethical question: Is torture ever morally
permissible? Within days, some began to suggest that, in these new
circumstances, the new answer was "yes." Rebecca Gordon argues that did
not, as some have said, "change everything," and that institutionalized state
torture remains as wrong today as it was on the day before those terrible
attacks. Furthermore, U.S. practices during the "war on terror" are rooted in a
history that began long before ,
a history that includes both support for torture regimes abroad and the use of
torture in American jails and prisons.|
Rebecca Gordon received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.Div. and Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from Graduate Theological Union. She teaches in the Philosophy department at the University of San Francisco and for the university’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Previous publications include Letters From Nicaragua and Cruel and Usual: How Welfare "Reform" Punishes Poor People. She is a member of the War Times organizing committee.
Note: There has been a change in time and place for one of her talks below and the updated time and location has been included in the list below.
Talks by Rebecca Gordon on Mainstreaming Torture:
Tuesday, 7/29 7:00 pm: Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, 7/31 7:00pm: UU Church, 669 Union Street, Manchester, NH
Friday, 8/1 2:00pm: Framingham Library, 49 Lexington St, Framingham, MA
Wednesday, 8/20 5:00pm: Chilmark Public Library, 522 South Rd, Chilmark, MA
Thursday 8/28 7:00pm: Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St (rte 114), Bristol, RI
Tuesday, 9/2 7:00pm: Walpole Public Library, 143 School St, Walpole, MA
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Published: Oxford University Press (UK), 5/2014
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