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Date(s) - 23/03/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, rooms 258-260

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Ohio Dominican and The Fulbright Association Present Forum to Explore Ways to End Endless Wars

Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) and the Central Ohio Chapter of the Fulbright Association invite the public to attend a forum that will examine the forces that have led to ongoing military engagements around the world, the consequences of those conflicts, and possible solutions to prevent future conflicts.

“Pathways to Peace: Ending Endless Wars” will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 23, in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, rooms 258-260. The student center is located on ODU’s campus at 1215 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, visit

The 90-minute forum will feature the following panelists:

· Ted Strickland – Former Ohio Governor; ordained Methodist minister

· Trevor Brown, Ph.D. – Professor and Dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University

· Sean Kay, Ph.D. – Robson Professor of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University; Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University

· Major General (Ret.) Dennis Laich (AUS) – Director of the PATRIOTS Program at Ohio Dominican University; author of “Skin in the Game: Poor Kids and Patriots”

Sr. Patricia Twohill, OP, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and Sr. Gemma Doll, OP, member of the Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, will co-moderate the discussion.

Ohio Dominican serves as the host institution for the Fulbright Association’s Central Ohio chapter. ODU President Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. lectured as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Classics at the University of Zimbabwe in 1995, and he currently serves on the Fulbright Association’s national Board of Directors.

“As a Fulbright alumnus and national board member, I am excited that Ohio Dominican and the Central Ohio chapter of the Fulbright Association have collaborated to arrange this meaningful dialogue about the many ongoing military conflicts taking place around the globe, and the profound impact they have on our community, country and world,” said Gervasi. “I would encourage anyone who thirsts for peace to attend this compelling conversation informed by renowned experts in their respective fields.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Central Ohio Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

“Our chapter brings people together who have a passion for international engagement, cultural understanding and lifelong learning,” said Chapter President Christine O’Malley (Fulbright Specialist, Ethiopia, 2014). “Fulbright alumni understand the value of finding common ground through international diplomacy. In fact, sending Americans abroad through Fulbright is one of our country’s greatest cultural and diplomatic efforts. We are happy to partner with President Gervasi and Ohio Dominican in co-hosting this event.”

During the forum, panelists will examine four possible pathways to peace:

· Increasing reliance on international diplomatic efforts to identify and communicate the needs of all parties to reach mutually agreeable settlements that may finally bring an end to long-lasting conflicts (Discussion led by Dr. Kay);

· Re-establishing congressional approval for military action as required by the U.S. Constitution, and considering the reintroduction of Selective Service, or the military draft, as a deterrent to war by requiring more Americans to have a vested interest in who is being placed in harm’s way (Discussion led by Gen. Laich);

· Re-evaluating the fiscal burden of such endless wars, which have expended trillions of dollars since 2001, contributing to the skyrocketing national debt and deficits (Discussion led by Dr. Brown); and

· Analyzing the connection between religious and secular solutions to conflict in the context of international affairs to help establish common ground upon which all parties may build a foundation for lasting peace (Discussion led by Gov. Strickland).

About the Fulbright Association
The Fulbright Association is an independent organization that seeks to build upon and enhance the Fulbright international exchange experience by promoting scholarship, collaborative engagement, and cultural diplomacy throughout the global community. The Fulbright Association’s mission is to engage current and former Fulbright exchange participants in lifelong experiences that advance international understanding through volunteer service to communities, people-to-people diplomacy and dialogue on global issues. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Association, visit

About Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The University has approximately 1,650 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 39 majors and nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican University does not discriminate against any person in employment or educational opportunities because of religious preference, sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, non-performance-related handicap or veteran’s status.