Journalist to speak about soldiers who refuse to fight

Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Independent journalist and author Dahr Jamail will speak about American soldiers who have refused to fight in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Jamail's talk, "The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan", also the title of his recent book, will begin at 7 p.m. at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall.

He will present case histories of several US service men and women who elected to lay their weapons down in opposition to the wars.

Jamail's work has earned him the prestigious 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, The Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project Censored awards.

The speaking tour is sponsored by local organizations including UAS, Juneau People for Peace and Justice, and Veterans for Peace Chapter 100, with special funding from UAS' Foundation's Gene Sharp Fund for Scholars of Non-Violence.

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