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Pomona College to Participate in Teach-in on Guantanamo

On October 5th, students at Pomona College will join over 200 colleges, law schools and universities across the country in a day-long teach-in on Guantanamo, via streaming a webcast from Seton Hall Law School, where several professors who currently represent detainees will be speaking on legal, medical and ethical issues surrounding U.S. detainment practices. Currently, 517 mostly Arab and Muslim men are being held without trial at Guantanamo.

The teach in will be taking place at Pomona’s Oldenborg Theatre (seats 50 people), from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. In addition to the webcast, short discussions will also be held at Pomona College. Literature will also be available.

The schedule is:

9:30-10:45 Journalists Look Behind the Wire
Three renowned journalists will reflect on the significance of the administration’s detention policy.

11:00 Break for the Hart Lecture in Rose Hills Theater: Greg Grandin, author of Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism

1:00-2:15 First, Do No Harm: Medical Professionals and Guantanamo

Three panelists will engage in discussion about the proper role of physicians (and related mental health professionals) in designing and supervising interrogations, participating in forced feeding of prisoners during a hunger strike, and intervening if interrogations become abusive

2:15-2:30 Break for discussion

2:30-3:30 Matters of Faith: Guantanamo and Religious Communities
Three panelists explore the role of religion in the administration’s detention policy. Is the War on Terror a war on Islam?

3:30-3:45 Break for discussion

4:15-5:30 History of Torture in the Modern World
Panelists will bring formidable knowledge of how government responses to terrorism bear on the nation’s reaction to what is now called “asymmetric warfare.”

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.