On the morning of September 11, Colman McCarthy was teaching a class on nonviolence at American University. Fittingly enough, the topic of the day’s lesson was the connections between religious faith and government warmaking.
Since then McCarthy’s writings have gotten a lot of attention. He has spoken at campuses across the country, urging students to defy convention by becoming citizens who are other-centered, not self-centered.
McCarthy led a discussion titled “Nonviolence in a Time of War” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
McCarthy is a syndicated columnist and former editorial page reporter for the Washington Post. He is the founder of the Center for Teaching Peace and the author of six books on social justice and nonviolence. McCarthy continues to teach courses on peace studies at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Maryland, American University and three public high schools in Washington, D.C.
McCarthy is honored to have been asked to participate in the forum sponsored by Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan, a former student of his at Georgetown University in the 1990s.