Purdue conference to focus on the impacts of war, military spending

March 24, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Center for the Study of Violence and the Committee on Peace Studies are co-sponsoring an April 9 conference addressing the implications of war and military spending.

The conference, Revisiting the Idea of the Military-Industrial Complex, will run from 1:30-5:30 p.m. in  Stewart Center, Room 206. Marc Pilisuk, professor emeritus at University of California, Davis, and a faculty member at the Saybrook University Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco, will speak about his book "Who Benefits from Global Violence and War."

Pilisuk, who has a doctorate in clinical and social psychology from University of Michigan, has published more than 140 articles on conflict and its resolution, community mental health, and other social policy issues. He taught for two years in Purdue's Krannert School of Management in the 1960s before moving to University of California.

The second part of the program will consist of a panel of local experts who will discuss the impacts of war and military spending. Panelists include Berenice Carroll, professor of political science and women's studies; Martina Sternberg, assistant director of Purdue's Military Family Research Institute; Judith Myers-Walls, associate professor of child development and family studies; and Don Scheiber, former labor liaison to the United Way of Greater Lafayette.

The event is free and open to the public. The Center for the Study of Violence and Committee on Peace Studies are housed in the College of Liberal Arts.

Writer: Soumitro Sen, 765-496-9711, ssen@purdue.edu

Source: Harry Targ, professor of political science, 765-494-4169, targ@purdue.edu