John Hutson, president of Franklin Pierce Law Center and a former Navy Judge Advocate General will speak on The Old and New Faces of War at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the PSU Silver Center for the Arts. Hutson’s talk is presented by the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series.
Series chair Professor Bob Heiner said, “Since the end of the Cold War, security experts have become increasingly convinced that global stability and the security of nations could best be ensured by addressing issues that threaten the safety and security of hundreds of millions of people around the world. Human security studies represent a shift in focus away from the relationships between countries and toward universal standards of individuals’ well-being. While the concept has entered the lexicon of American foreign and domestic policy relatively late on the world stage, it has gained momentum in the past decade. This year, the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series will consider issues relating to human security at home and abroad.”
During his Navy career, President Hutson earned the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with three gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Award, among others, and retired at the rank of rear admiral.
Hutson says that from ancient times, warfare has been both changeless and ever-chainging.
“Plato said that only the dead have seen their last war. Nations tend to fight the next war with the tactics and strategies of the last war,” he said. “The so-called Global War on Terror is unlike any war we have ever fought and, at the same time, like them all in certain important ways. As has been noted by others, it is asymmetric. It didn’t have a clear beginning, we won’t know when the tide has turned, and we won’t know when it is over. We don’t know who the enemy is. He is amorphous and ever-changing himself,” Hutson said.
All Sidore events are free and open to the public in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. There is no charge for admission but advance reservations are recommended. Call the Silver Center Box Office, (603)535-ARTS to make a reservation. Each talk is followed by a reception.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at Plymouth State in1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. Series information can be found online at www.plymouth.edu/sidore. For additional Sidore Lecture Series information call Professor Heiner at (603) 535-2507.
[ED. NOTE: the omission of the period after the middle initial in the Sidore name is not an error. PSU adheres to the wishes of the family in presenting the name in this format.]