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Ethical Issues and Their Consequences

THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 7:30 P.M.
Scandinavian Cultural Center (University Center)
Suzanne Rahn, associate professor of English, Pacific Lutheran University

Dorothy, Harry, and Bilbo: Ethical Choices in Fantasy for Children
Rahn, director of the children's literature program at PLU, has published widely and prominently in children's literature, including "The Wizard of Oz: Shaping an Imaginary World" (Twayne, 1998) and "Rediscoveries in Children's Literature" (Garland, 1995). Her presentation will focus on ethical questions in and about the Oz books, the Harry Potter series, and "The Hobbit."

THURSDAY, OCT. 5, 7:30 P.M.
Scandinavian Cultural Center (University Center)
Jonathan Bush, professor of law, University of Texas-Austin

War Crimes Trials, Past and Future: From Nuremberg to Yugoslavia
Several trials for acts perpetrated in the past decade in the former Yugoslavia have already been held and more will be. Trials for other areas of the world, too, are imminent. Professor Bush, a Princeton, Oxford, and Yale educated scholar who has published widely on transnational law and legal history, will pursue some of the enduring questions about the conduct and basis of such trials since World War II. Does the history of such trials point to their future solidification and expansion or will the Nuremberg precedents fade?

MONDAY, OCT. 23, 7:30 P.M.
Scandinavian Cultural Center (University Center)
Robert Gellately, professor of holocaust and genocide studies, Clark University

Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany
In this inaugural Raphael Lemkin Fund Lecture at PLU, Gellately will present some of his stimulating work on the scope of participant and citizen responsibility for selected acts of genocide in Nazi Germany. Gellately's books include "Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany, 1933-1945" (Oxford, forthcoming) and "The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy" (Oxford, 1990).

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15, 7:30 P.M.
Chris Knutzen Hall (University Center)
E. Wayne Carp, professor of history, Pacific Lutheran University

Oregon's Ballot Measure 58: The History and Future of the Adoption Rights Movement
Carp, author of "Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption" (Harvard, 1998), is widely sought after as a commentator and speaker on adoption policy. The recent U.S. Supreme Court review of the constitutionality of Oregon's law that gives adoptees the right to know their birth-parents' identity has greatly increased public awareness of these issues. Carp will set the Oregon measure in balanced historical perspective and draw some implications for the future.

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