Presentation on Iraq visit to inaugurate Kroc Institute discussion series on likely war

by Michael O. Garvey

Anticipating U.S. military action against Iraq, the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies will sponsor a weekly forum, “Peace and War in 2003: Debating the Issues,” to examine and discuss issues arising from the prospect of war.p. The series will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 23) in the Hesburgh Center auditorium with a presentation by Rev. Michael J. Baxter, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology at Notre Dame. Father Baxter’s half-hour presentation, entitled “Report from Iraq: A Pilgrimage to a Threatened Land” will concern his recent three-week-long Christmas visit to Iraq with a delegation from the Voices in the Wilderness peace organization. While in Iraq, he visited several Catholic parishes and religious communities, a mosque and a Catholic hospital in order to see the effects of the economic embargo and the threatened war on the country’s people. In his presentation, he will offer reflections on the duty of Christians in a time of war. Following Father Baxter’s presentation, his colleague Daniel Philpott, assistant professor of political science, and Notre Dame sophomore Teresa Hansen will respond.p.

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