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Examining Torture, Human Rights and War on Terror

Torture, Human Rights and War on Terror will be discussed at this spring's annual Monsignor Charles Owen Rice Lecture at Duquesne University on Wednesday, March 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

"Until recently, torture was chiefly associated with foreign juntas or notorious human rights abusers," said Dr. Ma. Christina Astorga, director of the Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought, which is sponsoring the discussion. "But in light of the war on terror, this has changed dramatically. Whether it is the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib or questions regarding the authority of the U.S. President to take extreme measures for the sake of national security, the practice of torture has elevated the public debate to the domain of ethics."

Dr. Mark Allman, associate professor of religious and theological studies at the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College, will present the lecture Who Would Jesus Kill? War, Peace and the Christian Tradition. Dr. Mark Haas, associate professor of political science at Duquesne University, will respond.

Additionally, before Allman's address, student winners of this year's first student article award will be recognized. They are:

  • First place, Gerald J. Cavanaugh, M.A. Communication and Rhetorical Studies
  • Second place, Jade T. Leung, M.A. Pastoral Ministry
  • Third place, Joanne M. Sheehan, M.A. Religious Education, and Lauren E. Sukal, M.A. Social and Public Policy.

The Monsignor Charles Owen Rice Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

For more information on the center, visit the website at www.duq.edu/catholic-social-thought.


Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.