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Panel to discuss use of drones

The widespread use of unmanned drones by the United States and its implications will be the topic of a panel discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 18 in Room 170 (the Riley Courtroom) of Swen Parson Hall on the Northern Illinois University campus.

The panel will discuss the many international implications and ramifications of this type of espionage and warfare. Topics of discussion include the legal, human rights, diplomatic, ethical and moral issues surrounding the use of drones. 

The panel will include NIU College of Law Professor Morse Tan, who is a Supreme Court Fellowship Finalist and has served previously as a Visiting Scholar and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Texas School of Law. 

Other panelists include Dawood Ahmed, Esq. of the University of Chicago, and Jon Hohnstadt, who served in the U.S. military and is a sociology student at NIU. They will be joined by Ric Amesquita, a published poet.

Additional panelists include Howard Solomon, who teaches ethics with the City Colleges of Chicago. He also is on the steering committee for the DeKalb Interfaith Network and is co-chair of the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee.

Also joining the panel will be Dr. Joy First, grandmother and peace activist who has been involved in nonviolent civil resistance since 2003. She is a member of Madison Pledge of Resistance, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End Wars and the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.

The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available.

For more information, call Dan Kenney 815-793-0950.

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