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Jesuit scholar and ethicist to speak on Iraq at Loyola University New Orleans March 11

Loyola press release - February 24, 2003

(New Orleans)—Loyola University’s Jesuit Center and University Ministry are presenting the Rev. G. Simon Harak, S. J., co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, a joint United States/ United Kingdom campaign to end the economic sanctions against the people of Iraq. The lecture, “The Invasion of Iraq: The Morning After,” will take place on Tuesday, March 11, at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, Miller Hall. Harak’s presentation will address the consequences of the war for Iraq, the Middle East, United States and the world. The public is invited to this free event.

Voices in the Wilderness opposes the development, storage and use by any country of weapons of mass destruction. Since 1996, nearly 50 of the group’s delegations have traveled to Iraq, often to bring needed medical supplies. The group has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace for the last three years.

Harak has served as a missionary in Jamaica and the Philippines. After receiving a doctorate in ethics from the University of Notre Dame, Harak has taught ethics at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., and currently teaches philosophy at Fairfield University in Connecticut. Among the books he has written are several about ethics and nonviolence issues such as Virtuous Passions: The Formation of Christian Character. He has recently co-edited Riding on Faith: Essays on Disney, Culture and Religion, to be published this year.

Loyola School of Law professor William Quigley accompanied one Voices in the Wilderness group to Iraq in September 2002. The Loyola University community continues to pray for peace in Iraq every Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Marquette Horseshoe, at 4:55 p.m.

For additional information, contact the Rev. Si Hendry, S.J., director of the Jesuit Center at Loyola, 865-2304 or the Rev. Edwin Gros, S.J., dean of University Ministry, 865-3226.

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