By Amitabh Pal on January 14, 2014

A forum with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel of the University of Denver Center for Middle East Studies, and Amitabh Pal of the Progressive magazine.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8th, 7PM in ROOM 200 at 122 STATE ST., MADISON, WI.

Admission is free, however voluntary donations will be appreciated to cover expenses.

Co-sponsored by Peregrine Forum of Wisconsin, the Progressive magazine, and the University of Denver Center for Middle East Studies.

More info 608-442-8399.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Nader Hashemi is Director of the University of Denver Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East & Islamic Politics at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Danny Postel is Associate Director of the University of Denver Center for Middle East Studies. He is contributing editor of Logos: A Journal of Modern Society, and also blogs for Critical Inquiry, Truthout, and Huffington Post.

Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel are co-editors of the anthology The Syria Dilemma (MIT Press 2013, 285pp.), copies of which will be available for sale at the event.

Amitabh Pal is Managing Editor of the Progressive Magazine and author of the book "'Islam' Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today" Praeger 2011). He wrote an editorial last year in the Progressive on "Why Not Give Peace a Chance in Syria?" As co-editor of the Progressive Media Project his op-eds have been published by dozens of newspapers in the US and he has appeared on the BBC, C-SPAN, and many other TV outlets. Amit holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and teaches a media course at Edgewood College.

There will be opening presentations of 10-15 minutes by each of the three panelists followed by questions and comments from the audience. The forum will be moderated by David L. Williams, coordinator of the Peregrine Forum.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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