WSU Student Organizations to Examine Issues of War

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Honors Issues Forum and Amnesty International chapter will sponsor “Tortured American Values” week Feb. 21-24 with a variety of lectures, discussions and theater events.

The week’s activities are designed to examine the current issues of war facing the United States and the rest of the world. Events include readers’ theater presentations of Irwin Shaw’s play “Bury the Dead” and Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” a speech by David Irvine about torture of U.S. prisoners, a discussion of the ethics of torture, a screening of the film “Embedded Live,” and a production of the play “Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom.”

“We wanted to hold these events in order to promote debate about America’s responsibility to maintain human rights,” said Nancy Haanstad, political science professor and adviser to WSU’s chapter of Amnesty International.

All of the events will be held at the Stewart Library Special Collections, except for the production of “Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom,” which will be staged in the Shepherd Union Junction.

All events are free to the public.

Schedule of Events


Feb. 21            Noon               Readers’ Theatre: Irwin Shaw’s “Bury the Dead”

                        Stewart Library Special Collections


Feb. 22            2 p.m.              Readers’ Theatre: Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata”
                        Stewart Library Special Collections


Feb. 23            11:30 a.m.        David Irvine addressing torture of U.S. prisoners

                        Stewart Library Special Collections


Feb. 23            3:30 p.m.          The Ethics of Torture

                        Stewart Library Special Collections


Feb. 23            7 p.m.              Embedded Live Film Screening

                         Stewart Library Special Collections


Feb. 24            7:30 p.m.          Theatre: Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend  Freedom

                        Shepherd Union Junction

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Nancy Haanstad, advisor to WSU chapter of Amnesty International

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Paul Edward Clayton
, Honors Issues Forum chair

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Travis Clemens, office of Media Relations
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