The Catholic University of America

April 20, 2007

Media Advisory

CUA to Present Symposium on Torture of Military, Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University will present "An Exploration of Torture from the Legal, Religious and Survivor's Perspectives," a symposium on Monday, April 23, about the legal, moral and religious issues surrounding the ongoing debate on the torture of military and political prisoners.


7 p.m., Monday, April 23


The Catholic University of America
Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


The symposium will include discussion by a panel of experts on the Catholic Church's stance on torture, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the status of detainees at the Guantanamo Naval Air Station in Cuba and actions that can be taken to abolish torture. The symposium will feature the screening of an excerpt of the BBC Channel 4 documentary "Torture: America's Brutal Prisons." The event also will include a Q-and-A session as well as an opportunity for audience members to meet the panelists.

Among the panelists are William A. Barbieri Jr., associate professor of ethics and director of CUA's Peace and Justice Studies Program, whose work addresses the interface between ethics and political theory, and George Brent Mickum IV, an attorney who represents two British citizens imprisoned at the Guantanamo jail. Other panelists include John Kelly, a reporter and producer who served as assistant producer for the BBC documentary on torture, and Orlando Tizon, assistant director of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International in Washington, D.C.

Marietta Hedges, CUA assistant professor of drama, will serve as the symposium moderator. In 2005, Hedges co-created and performed in the docudrama, "Fear Up: Stories from Baghdad and Guantanamo," which received readings in Washington, D.C., and London. The docudrama also was shown at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hedges at 202-319-5362 or


School of Arts and Sciences

MEDIA: To cover the event, contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.