War Is Still a Thing

By Dave DeLuca 

tlc0090_500“Is the US at war? What does war look like today?”<

That will be the topic on the table this President’s Day at the Old World Deli. OSU’s Citizenship & Crisis Initiative is continuing its effort to educate Corvallisites about the relevance of the First World War on today’s society. The folks behind the centenary celebration are venturing off campus in an effort to include all of Corvallis in the conversation. The Old World Deli will play host to a town hall discussion of how we as a country behave during wartime, past and present.

OPB’s popular radio program “Think Out Loud” will be recording and airing the event, and even helping to moderate.

First up will be a panel discussion exploring how America and other nations have historically responded to various types of threats. Panelists will explore how extremism and terrorism can be used to justify the elimination of some personal rights, and how citizens historically react to these sacrifices. Opinions and insight will also be provided by active duty military, representatives of Veterans for Peace, and other peace activists. Then you, my fellow citizens, will have the floor.

History professor Christopher Nichols has provided a thought to get you started: “If current war doesn’t look like trench warfare, does that make it any less pertinent to us as human beings?”

The town hall discussion will he held on Monday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Old World Deli. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/shpr/citizenship-and-crisis or email Christopher.nichols@oregonstate.edu.