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Conference Explores the Military-Industrial Complex, 50 Years Later

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January 8, 2011 | bpfna

by Johnny Almond
January 7, 2011

(GREENSBORO, N.C.) — The "MIC@50 Conference" is being organized in an effort to return to the spotlight what U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower termed the "military-industrial complex" (MIC). The free event is co-sponsored by BPFNA and scheduled for Jan. 14-16 at Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.

In his 1961 farewell address to the nation, President Eisenhower said, "Only an alert and knowledgable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." In the 50 years that have elapsed since that time, event organizers say, the subject of "Eisenhower's solemn warning .. has become a dominant, pervasive reality in American life. And yet, the Military Industrial Complex is also nearly invisible, rarely mentioned in the media or among social activists."

The Quaker House, a peace project established in 1969 next door to the U.S. Army's Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., is presenting the MIC@50 Conference in conjunction with the Friends Center at Guilford College, a Quaker institution founded in 1837. BPFNA will be represented by its Operations Coordinator, Evelyn Hanneman, who will lead a Saturday afternoon workshop.

Convening the conference is Chuck Fager, Director of Quaker House, who has assembled a program including activists and experts who will explore the MIC from a variety of angles and perspectives. Organizers say the conference goal "is for participants to be able to see and think about (the MIC) with more clarity and take more purposeful action relating to it."

The conference begins Fri., Jan. 14, at 4:00 p.m. and concludes Sun., Jan. 16, at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge for registration, and all events are open to the public. Complete information is available at www.mic-at-50.net.

-Johnny Almond is BPFNA's Communications & Technology Manager.


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