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4/21/2004 Military, war topics of philosophy lectures

McMINNVILLE ? Cheyney Ryan, professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon, will present the 34th annual Walter Powell-Linfield College Philosophy Lectures Monday and Tuesday, May 10 and 11.

Ryan will speak on "Kantian Questions About the Military" Monday, May 10, and on "War and Personal Responsibility" Tuesday, May 11. Both lectures will be at 8 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. They are free and open to the public.

Since 2001, Ryan has served as the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Critical Thinking in the Robert Clark Honor College. He is also a faculty associate at Portland State University and served as co-founder of the graduate program in conflict resolution there. He has a Ph.D. from Boston University and was Law and Humanities Fellow at Harvard Law School from 1980-81.

In 2003, Ryan was awarded the Joseph J. Blau Prize by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy for the most significant contribution to history of American philosophy. He also received the University of Oregon Student Advocate Award for promoting diversity and the University President?s Diversity Award. In 1993 he was given the Charles E. Johnson Memorial Faculty Award for the promotion of freedom of speech and was the co-recipient of the annual Human Rights Award given by the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Alliance. In 1992 the Washington Post named him one of the nation?s leading scholars ?on the frontier of peace and conflict studies.?

Ryan has published more than 35 articles in professional and international journals. His book, "Empire Can Wait," a study of philosophies of non-violence, will soon be released by the University of Indiana Press.

In 1977 Ryan was one of five faculty sponsors creating the University?s Council on Minority Education, now the Office of MultiCultural Affairs at UO. He was a member of the faculty committee that created the University of Oregon Humanities Center. He was the principal faculty member involved in soliciting funds for the Carleton Savage Chair in International Relations in Peace and chaired the student-faculty committee that created the University of Oregon Peace Studies Program. He was co-chair of the President?s Committee on Rights of Gay and Lesbian Students which led to the creation of the Office on Gay and Lesbian Affairs. He was the principal organizer of an international conference, ?Ethics After the Holocaust,? and in conjunction with the UO Hillel, a related conference on ?Community: The Forgotten Tradition.? These events led to the creation of the University of Oregon Schnitzer Program on Judaic Studies.

For more information, call 503-883-2481.