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Philosopher Trudy Govier Explores 'Responsibility, Power, Terror' for SNC


October 22, 2002

[ Trudy Govier Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- A philosopher, author and popular lecturer, Dr. Trudy Govier will speak as part of Ohio Wesleyan's Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. Her lecture, "Responsibility, Power, and Terror," will explore different types of power with reference to Gandhi and others and will highlight critical differences in struggles against terrorism, especially in regard to violent and nonviolent responses to conflict.

Govier is widely recognized for her dynamic public speaking style and her passionate advocacy of reasoned responses to conflict. The author of numerous books and articles, Govier has recently published two new books, Forgiveness and Revenge and A Delicate Balance: What Philosophy Can Tell Us About Terrorism, a collection of essays about issues raised by Sept. 11. She also appears periodically on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program The Moral Divide.

Govier has also been active in civil society groups, formerly serving on the Canadian Consultative Group on Arms Control and Disarmament and co-organizing the highly successful conference, Dilemmas of Reconciliation, offered under the auspices of Calgary's Institute for the Humanities in June 1999.

Formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Govier has also taught at Simon Fraser University and the Universities of Amsterdam, Calgary and Lethbridge. Govier has a B.A. in History from the University of Alberta, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 17th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free and open to the public. More information is available at http://snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.