Second Annual Ellsberg Lecture to Focus on ‘The Madness of Militarism’

Journalist, author and antiwar organizer Norman Solomon will present the second annual Ellsberg Lecture, titled “The Madness of Militarism: Nothing can be Changed Until it is Faced,” on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Integrative Learning Center, room N151 and via Zoom.

Hosted by the Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy at UMass Amherst, Solomon will discuss what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism,” with a focus on present-day U.S. militarism, its consequences and possibilities for overcoming its pervasive effects. The lecture will be open to the public, with advance registration required for the Zoom stream.

The national director of and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, Solomon has been an activist since the late 1960s and is the author of a dozen books, including “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” (Wiley, 2005) and “War Made Invisible: How America Hides the Human Toll of Its Military Machine” (The New Press, 2023).

The Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy is dedicated to the stewardship of Daniel Ellsberg’s legacy and committed to putting the overlapping causes that defined his activism into action—government transparency, freedom of the press, a priority for diplomacy over military action, and social and environmental justice.

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