In December 2014, the U.S. practice of force-feeding came into public spotlight. The Senate declassified its report on the U.S. interrogation and torture programs, revealing graphic images of force-feedings of detainees held at CIA black sites after 9/11. Also, the Obama Administration appealed a federal court decision that requires the Administration to release videos of its force-feeding practices at Guantanamo, where detainees have been on hunger strikes. The issue had already been gaining attention: a month earlier the American Nursing Association petitioned the Department of Defense for leniency in its investigation of a Navy medical officer who has refused to participate in forced feeding practices.
Join us on February 5th for a timely panel discussion on the ethics and politics of hunger strikes and force-feeding at U.S. detention centers and abroad. Panelists will include Professor Julie Norman (Political Science, McGill University), Dr. Sondra Crosby (Boston University School of Medicine), Professor Omid Safi (Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke), with Professor Kearsley Stewart (the Duke Global Health Institute) as moderator.
This discussion is part of an ongoing workshop series, Conversations in Human Rights, begun last year at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. This series brings together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues.
A discussion-focused series drawing together the social sciences, humanities, law, policy and global health, these workshops are open to faculty, graduate students and postdocs. A reception will follow each workshop.
RSVP to Wendi Jiang by Monday, February 2.
The Ethics and Politics of Hunger Strikes and Force Feeding at Guantanamo and Abroad
Thursday, February 5th, 4:00-6:00pm
West Duke, 101
Reception to Follow