Professor Working for “Conscience in War”
Hampshire humanities professor Robert Meagher
has been appointed as a commissioner for the Truth Commission on Conscience in War,
a national coalition of religious, academic, advocacy, and veterans groups. The commission’s stated goal is “to honor and protect freedom of conscience for our nation’s service members.”
The commission held its first public meeting on March 21, 2010, at Riverside Church in New York City, the location of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech. Commissioners received testimony from recent veterans, religious leaders, and legal experts about issues of conscience facing members of the United States Armed Forces serving in war.
In recent years, Professor Meagher has directed and participated in a range of events and programs concerned with healing the spiritual and psychological wounds of war in individual veterans and in their families and communities.
In 2006, he organized Nostoi: Stories of War and Return, a series of public lectures and events. Educational, state, civic, and grassroots organizations in the Pioneer Valley collaborated on Nostoi, creating a series that blended the experience of the returning soldier with the enduring relevance and healing force of ancient literature.
Meagher also co-directed a project funded by the Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities to use literature to help veterans and their caregivers address the wounds of war.
Professor Meagher teaches ancient studies and comparative religion. His publications include more than a dozen books, including Herakles Gone Mad: Rethinking Heroism in an Age of Endless War.
Meagher post on the Public Humanist blog
Student-written profile of Professor Meagher