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William Stafford Centennial

Screening: Every War Has Two Losers

Date: October 4 5:30pm Location: Miller Hall 105

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Much of the writing and activism of Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993) focused on the potential for reconciliation as a counterpoint to the choice for war.

During World War II, Stafford spent four years in public service camps as a conscientious objector, and began keeping a daily journal which he continued throughout his entire life. Based on these journals, Haydn Reiss’ film confronts collective beliefs surrounding war: Why do we believe war is inevitable? Why do we believe it is necessary?

While many recent films chronicle what happens once a war is launched, Reiss, through the example of Stafford’s personal exploration, untangles the myths of war that abound before the first shot is fired.

Joining Stafford (as voiced by Peter Coyote) are noted activists and literary voices Alice Walker, W. S. Merwin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, Michael Meade, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Kim Stafford. Together they embark with Stafford on a search for a wiser and less violent world.

Assistant Professor of English Jerry Harp will introduce the film.

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