Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Are you free Thursday?

The College of Saint Rose will present a lecture by Gary Dorrien of the Union Theological Seminary in New York on what kind of country the United States should want to be.

Dorrien’s talk, "Empire in Denial: The Permanent War and the Ethics of Resistance," will be presented Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in The College of Saint Rose Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Ave., Albany. A reception will follow the lecture. The program is free and open to the public.

Dorrien will focus on the development, since the end of the Cold War, of the "unipolarist" or "global dominion" perspective, which is espoused by the Project for a New American Century, the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party, and the Bush administration. He will focus particularly on key points of difference between neoconservative ideology and the strategies, both liberal and conservative, of foreign policy realism. Dorrien will argue that the strategy of American empire, which its advocates usually call "unipolarism," is plausible, coherent, politically powerful and wrong.