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Loyola University Md. to present Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series

Loyola University Maryland announced the speakers for its annual Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series, which brings leaders, scholars and activists to Loyola to address timely issues at the intersection of peace and justice.

The first event in the speaker series, which is made possible by a gift from Mary Catherine Bunting, is scheduled for Oct. 7. All the lectures will be held in the 4th Floor Program Room of the Andrew White Student Center on Loyola’s Evergreen campus at 4501 N. Charles St. All the events are free and open to the public.

The series includes:

“Nature’s Best Hope,” Douglas Tallamy, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. — Tallamy is the T.A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He is the author of several books including the 2020 New York Times bestseller Nature’s Best Hope. During his talk, Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can—and must—take to reverse declining biodiversity, why we must change our adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one, and why we ourselves are nature’s best hope.

“Voice of Witness: An Evening with Carolyn Forché,” Carolyn Forché, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. — Renowned as a “poet of witness,” Forché is the author of five books of poetry, including “In the Lateness of the World” (2020), which was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. She also wrote the 2019 memoir What You Have Heard Is True, a 2019 National Book Award finalist. Forché is Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and professor of English at Georgetown University. She will read selections from her poetry and memoir.

“Unworthy Republic: A History of Indian Removal, Mass Deportation, and American Exceptionalism,” Claudio Saunt, March 24 at 7 p.m. — Saunt is the Richard B. Russell Professor of American History and co-director of the Center for Virtual History at the University of Georgia. His most recent book, Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory (2020), was awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The book was also recognized by the Washington Post and Publishers Weekly as one of the 10 best books of 2020; by the New York Times as a Critics’ Top Book; and by the Boston Globe as one of the best books of the year.

“The American Failure to See War for What It Is: The Past, Present and Future of the U.S. Post-9/11 Wars,” Stephanie Savell, April 11 at 6 p.m. — Savell is an anthropologist of militarism, security, civic engagement, and political culture. She co-directs Brown University’s Costs of War Project and conducts research and outreach on the U.S. war on terrorism and its costs for Americans and others around the world. She also studies policing and activism in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she has conducted extensive field research. Savell writes for academic and public audiences and has published in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, Smithsonian magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Axios, and the Nation, among others.