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Creighton to Host Lecture on the Development and Application of Modern Torture

“The Secret Histories of Modern Torture” is the topic of the Fr. Henry W. Casper S.J. Professorship in History lecture at 7:00 p.m., March 15, in the auditorium of the Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

The speaker, Reed College political science professor Darius Rejali, is one of the leading authorities on the causes, consequences, and meaning of torture in the modern world.

He will trace the development and application of torture techniques over the past century including the pioneering of methods by the United States, Britain, and France that created techniques that have become the most used of modern torture, because they leave no marks. Rejali will also discuss whether torture works and address what to expect from the Obama administration and the prospects for prevention of torture internationally, a decade after 9/11.

Rejali’s works cover concerns in political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, history, and critical social theory. His most recent book, Torture and Democracy is the winner of the 2009 Lemkin Award, Institute for the Study of Genocide, and winner of the 2008 Best Book, Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association.