PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present political activist Medea Benjamin speaking on "The Obama Administration's Use of Drones" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
The theme for this year's Sidore Lecture Series is "Whatever Happened to Ethics." The Sidore Series suggests that, "from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues." Series speakers will discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions.
Benjamin will discuss how and why the Obama administration came to rely on drone warfare, the dangers of engaging in secret wars behind the backs of the American people, and what citizens can do about it.
Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement, and Global Exchange, an international human rights organization.
Benjamin has been described by New York Newsday as "one of America's most committed—and most effective—fighters for human rights," and the Los Angeles Times has called her "one of the high-profile leaders of the peace movement." She has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive movement. In 2005, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. In 2010 she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
The author/editor of eight books, Benjamin's latest book is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. She is currently campaigning to get lethal drones out of the hands of the CIA.
The final speakers in the Sidore Lecture Series this fall will be at 7 p.m. November 5 when attorneys Mark Howard and David Ruoff will discuss the constitutional principle behind the right to counsel, even when the defendant is known to be guilty, and the role of attorneys as teachers in geopolitics.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.