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International peace scholar from Notre Dame to speak Nov. 14

November 7, 2013

David Cortright, director of policy studies at Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., will speak at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Cortright will present "Intersections with Peace: The Power of Nonviolence" in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Desserts and Dialogue reception. Cortright will visit with those in attendance about topics of the day and be available to sign books.

The reception and speech, free and open to the public, are part of International Week at UW-Stout.

During the day, Cortright will speak to classes in applied social science and meet with members of the local Red Cedar Peace Initiative.

David CortrightCortright writes about nonviolent social change, nuclear disarmament and the use of multilateral sanctions and incentives as tools of international peacemaking. He has provided research services to seven foreign countries and has served as consultant or adviser to the United Nations, Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, International Peace Academy and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Cortright advocates for disarmament and preventing war. He served in Vietnam and spoke out against the war.

In 1978 Cortright was named executive director of SANE, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, which under his leadership grew from 4,000 to 150,000 members and became the largest disarmament organization in the U.S.

Cortright is author or editor of 17 books, most recently "Ending Obama's War" and "Towards Nuclear Zero" and is editor of Peace Policy, Kroc's online journal. He also writes a blog.

Sponsors of Cortright's visit include the applied social science department, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors College, Office of International Education, Center for Applied Ethics, International Relations Club and Ally Initiatives for Civil Rights and Civic Responsibility.

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