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Rebecca Gordon, Mainstreaming Torture

When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:00 pm
Where: Porter Square Books • Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White Street • Porter T • Cambridge

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 reopened what many people in America had long assumed was a settled ethical question: Is torture ever morally permissible? Within days, some began to suggest that, in these new circumstances, the new answer was "yes." Rebecca Gordon argues that September 11 did not, as some have said, "change everything," and that institutionalized state torture remains as wrong today as it was on the day before those terrible attacks. Furthermore, U.S. practices during the "war on terror" are rooted in a history that began long before September 11, a history that includes both support for torture regimes abroad and the use of torture in American jails and prisons.

Rebecca Gordon received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.Div. and Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from Graduate Theological Union. She teaches in the Philosophy department at the University of San Francisco and for the university’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Previous publications include Letters From Nicaragua  and Cruel and Usual: How Welfare "Reform" Punishes Poor People.  She is a member of the War Times organizing committee.

Additional Presentations by Rebecca Gordon:

Thursday, 7/31 7:00pm: UU Church, 669 Union Street, Manchester, NH 

Friday, 8/1 2:00pm: Framingham Library, 49 Lexington St, Framingham, MA

Sunday, 8/3 7:00pm: Walpole United Church, 30 Common St, Walpole, MA

Wednesday, 8/20 5:00pm: Chilmark Public Library, 522 South Rd, Chilmark, MA

Thursday 8/28 7:00pm: Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St (rte 114), Bristol, RI


Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States (Hardcover)

By Rebecca Gordon


ISBN-13: 9780199336432
Availability: Available to Order

Published: Oxford University Press (UK), 5/2014 

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