International Peace Scholar to address War, Peace and Remembering

Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Host Speaker

10/9/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University will host speaker Nigel Young to discuss his new book, “Making Modern Memory: Peace and War in an Age of Remembering” on Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the AU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Nigel Young, now mainly based in Yorkshire, Northern England, has been active in transnational peace activity for at least a half century. His new book is described as a challenging post-national interpretation of 20th century cultural history up to the present.

Young will discuss the emergence of a Modern Memory both historically and sociologically, offering a challenging post-national interpretation of 20th century cultural history up to the present. He asks, what is Modern Memory, how has it been constructed, and by whom? This groundbreaking presentation shows how a new way of remembering has been made in the face of modern war and genocide and now faces the crisis posed by populist nationalism and global tensions.

Young is presently editor-in-chief of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of World Peace, a four-volume reference work for which he won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He is also active in the Balkans Peace Park Project.

His several degrees are from Oxford University (1961, 1963) and the University of California at Berkeley (1969, 1976). He has authored numerous publications including six books (two co-authored), and edited or co-edited others. A co-founder of the first Peace Studies department in Britain (Bradford, 1973-4), he was also the first endowed Peace Studies Chair-holder in the USA. As Professor of Peace Studies he was director of one of the earliest university Peace Studies Programs in North America (Colgate University, New York 1984-2004) where he retains the title of Research Professor.

Having helped start the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at Oxford (1958-61), his first major international peace work was as the London CND Organizer (1961-63). He has held academic positions in sociology, politics, and peace studies at over a dozen universities and colleges worldwide, and was a Senior Peace Research fellow in Oslo, Norway (1981-84). Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, he was active in war-resistance movements and this was the topic of his Ph.D. research. He also wrote a key book on the New Left (1976).

Married to the distinguished author, anthropologist and ethnographer, Antonia Young, former chair of B3P, they share interests in the former Yugoslavia and Albania. They have four grown-up daughters.

Young is currently working on books on Historical Memory as related to peace, and the community basis of resistance.

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