Voices of Conscience Conference

Time: May 23, 2018, All Day

Location: Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Photo: The Harvey Richards Media Archive

The Kroc Institute is sponsoring the conference “Voices of Conscience,” a conference at the University of Notre Dame in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, May 22-24, 2018. The conference will examine the history and moral and political implications of opposition to war within the military during both the Vietnam and Iraq wars.


Confirmed participants in the conference include Madame Ton-Nu-Thi Ninh of the Ho Chi Minh City Development & Peace Foundation; Michael McPhearson, executive director of Veterans for Peace; scholars David Cortright and Ann Mische of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, as well as Christian Appy, Lisa Letiz, and David Meyer: and veterans J.J. Johnson, Jonathan Hutto, Howard Levy, Jerry Lembcke, Susan Schnall, Jose Vasquez, Michael Uhl and others.


The program will feature literary readings from William Ehrhart, author of Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir, and Roy Scranton, Iraq veteran and author of  the book, War Porn.


The program will also include film presentations featuring Connie Field and her new film The Whistleblower of My Lai; Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple and the film Winter Soldier; and David Zeiger and his film Sir! No Sir!.


“Voices of Conscience” will launch the newly created digital archive of antiwar newspapers published by active duty GIs during the Vietnam War, the GI Press Project. The conference will also feature a museum exhibit on soldier and veteran opposition to the Vietnam War.


Panels at the conference will address the following topics:

  • Historical perspectives and new research findings on the extent and impact of antiwar opposition within the military during the Vietnam War and the Iraq War;
  • Conscientious objection and whistleblowing;
  • Race, gender and class issues in military antiwar movements;
  • And lessons for antiwar strategy now and in the future.

For more information about the conference contact David Cortright, David.B.Cortright.1@nd.edu.