Thinking Humanity After Abu Ghraib — Conference Now Available on iTunes

The Abu Ghraib prison scan­dal first explod­ed into pub­lic light in April 2004 when reports and pho­tographs of tor­ture were revealed in a dar­ing New York­er arti­cle writ­ten by Sey­mour Hersh. At a con­fer­ence recent­ly held at Stan­ford, enti­tled Think­ing Human­i­ty After Abu Ghraib, Hersh and a pan­el of experts came togeth­er to think through the legal, polit­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal, and eth­i­cal impli­ca­tions of the abus­es at Abu Ghraib, and also to weigh the con­se­quences of the US gov­ern­men­t’s evolv­ing approach to han­dling ene­my com­bat­ants and sus­pects tak­en dur­ing the war on ter­ror. You can now find all of the pre­sen­ta­tions on iTunes (which you can down­load for free). Here is the line­up:

  • Sey­mour Hersh — “Chain of Com­mand: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib” Lis­ten on iTunes
    • Sey­mour Hersh is one of the nation’s pre­mier inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists and reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to The New York­er on mil­i­tary issues and secu­ri­ty mat­ters. He gained world­wide recog­ni­tion for his expo­sure of the My Lai mas­sacre and its cov­er up dur­ing the Viet­nam War and again in 2004 for his dis­clo­sure of prison abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Mr. Hersh was award­ed the Pulitzer Prize for Inter­na­tion­al Report­ing and is the author of numer­ous books.
  • Mark Dan­ner — “Into the Light of Day: Human Rights after Abu Ghraib” Lis­ten
    • Mark Dan­ner, Pro­fes­sor of Jour­nal­ism at UC-Berke­ley, is a long­time staff writer at The New York­er, fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to the New York Review of Books, and, most recent­ly, author of Tor­ture and Truth: Amer­i­ca, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Ter­ror (2004) and The Secret Way to War: The Down­ing Street Memo and the Iraq War’s Buried His­to­ry (2006).
  • David J. Luban — “The Poi­soned Chal­ice: Human­i­ty at Nurem­berg and Now” Lis­ten
    • David J. Luban is the Fred­er­ick J. Haas Pro­fes­sor of Law and Phi­los­o­phy
      at George­town Law School and Leah Kaplan Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor of Human
      Rights at Stan­ford Law School. In 2005 he wrote Lib­er­al­ism, Tor­ture,
      and the Tick­ing Bomb, which appeared in The Tor­ture Debate in
      , ed. Karen Green­berg (2006).
  • Jen­ny S. Mar­tinez — “The Law of Tor­ture” Lis­ten
    • Jen­ny S. Mar­tinez is Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Law at Stan­ford. She served as Asso­ciate Legal Offi­cer for the U.N. Inter­na­tion­al Crim­i­nal Tri­bunal for the For­mer Yugoslavia, and recent­ly argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Jose Padil­la in the case of Rums­feld v. Padil­la on the pow­er of the Pres­i­dent to detain Amer­i­can cit­i­zens with­out tri­al as ene­my com­bat­ants.
  • Philip G. Zim­bar­do — “The Lucifer Effect: Under­stand­ing How Good Peo­ple Turn Evil” Lis­ten
    • Philip G. Zim­bar­do is Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Psy­chol­o­gy at Stan­ford, and
      past pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion. He is well known for lead­ing the famous Stan­ford Prison Exper­i­ment in 1971.
  • Ger­ald Gray — “Tor­ture Pol­i­cy at Abu Ghraib: Mil­i­tary Use of Sci­ence for the Con­trol of the Coun­try” Lis­ten
    • Ger­ald Gray, a clin­i­cal social work­er and psy­chother­a­pist, was Pro­gram Man­ag­er for the Cen­ter for Sur­vivors of Tor­ture in San Jose for five years, and is the author of Psy­chol­o­gy and US Psy­chol­o­gists in Tor­ture and War in the Mid­dle East.
  • Judith But­ler — “Tor­ture, Sex­u­al Pol­i­tics, and the Ethics of Pho­tog­ra­phy” Lis­ten
    • Judith But­ler is Max­ine Elliot Pro­fes­sor of Rhetoric and Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture at UC-Berke­ley. She is the author of numer­ous books, includ­ing, most recent­ly, Pre­car­i­ous Life: The Pow­ers of Mourn­ing and Vio­lence (2004) and Giv­ing an Account of One­self(2005) which address­es respon­si­bil­i­ty and ethics at the per­son­al and polit­i­cal lev­el.

Con­fer­ence Spon­sors: Think­ing Human­i­ty After Abu Ghraib was spon­sored by Stan­ford Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, and co-spon­sored with finan­cial under­writ­ing by the Free­man Spogli Insti­tute for Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies, the Stan­ford Cen­ter on Ethics, the Ethics in Soci­ety Pro­gram, the Stan­ford Human­i­ties Cen­ter, and the Stan­ford School of Law.

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