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"The Iraq War as Seen from Hiroshima: The Nuclear Shadow of DU (Depleted Uranium) Weapons”

International Roundtable

March 20, 2008: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Nobuo Kazashi brings to light an aspect of the war in Iraq that is typically overlooked in the US media: the suffering to both Iraqis and US personnel caused by the repeated use of DU (depleted uranium) weapons.

Where

Gleacher Center
608
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

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Event Details

Nobuo Kazashi brings to light an aspect of the war in Iraq that is typically overlooked in the US media: the suffering to both Iraqis and US personnel caused by the repeated use of DU (depleted uranium) weapons. In Dec. 2002, Prof. Kazashi visited hospitals and schools in Iraq to witness the damage brought about by the use of DU weapons during the 1991 Gulf War. Ever since, he has been deeply involved in the BAN DU campaign as Director of NO DU Hiroshima Project and a coordinator for ICBUW (International Coalition To Ban Uranium Weapons). The talk, together with photos and a short documentary video, will make a compelling case for why DU weapons, which are made from nuclear wastes, are "inhuman weapons" with indiscriminate and irreparable effects to humans and the environment as well. Prof. Kazashi is a professor of philosophy at Kobe Univ. in Japan, and presently a Fulbright visiting scholar at Harvard Univ. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale Univ. and specializes in contemporary philosophy, American pragmatism and modern Japanese thought.

Cost

No Charge

Registration

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Deadline: 3/20/2008

Program

6:00 PM-6:30 PM: networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: presentation

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: drinks and conversation at The Midway Club

Speaker Profiles

Nobuo Kazashi (Speaker)
Professor, Kobe University, Japan; Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Harvard University

Profile: Nobuo KAZASHI Professor of philosophy in the Faculty of Letters at Kobe University. Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale Univ. Specialization in contemporary philosophy, modern Japanese thought, and peace studies. After teaching at Hiroshima City Univ. several years, I moved to Kobe Univ. in 2001, while continuing to live in Hiroshima, and now a visiting scholar at Harvard Univ. [till May 2008] My main fields of interest are contemporary continental philosophy (especially phenomenology), American pragmatism (focus on James), and modern Japanese philosophy. Living in Hiroshima for 14 years now, I became not only interested in relationships between philosophy and war but also deeply involved in peace activities; My commitment became intense after the 9.11 attack; I participated in the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Delegation to the U.S. in April 2002 as well as the Hiroshima Peace Delegation to Iraq in Dec. 2002. I worked as director for the campaign to put the "NOWAR NO DU! Human Message" opinion ad in The New York Times on March 24 2003. I have been involved in the ICBUW international campaign ever since it was started in Oct. 2003, and now serves as Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Area. I have been also involved with producing the following DU-related publications and documentary films: the English version of Children of the Gulf War: A Different Nuclear War, Aug. 2002, by Takashi Morizumi; a video-report, Axis of Whose Evil: DU Weapons and Iraqi Children by Naomi Toyoda and Hitoshi Shimizu; Hiroshima Appeal for Banning DU Weapons; a DVD documentary, Unknown Terror of DU: Iraqi Children Now also by Mr. Toyoda and Mr. Shimizu. Particularly for the last few years, I have been committed to the international campaign to ban DU (depleted uranium) weapons as director of NO DU Hiroshima Project and a coordinator for ICBUW (International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons).

Questions

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