Civil War landmine usage is topic to start annual conflict recovery week

jamesmadisonlogopurplepc“Landmines in our Backyard: The U.S. Civil War’s Buried History,” will be the first topic discussed during the annual Post-conflict Recovery Week at James Madison University at 7 p.m. Monday, April 6 in Miller Hall, Room 1101.

Dr. Ken Rutherford, director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at JMU and a landmine survivor, will present his research about the use of landmines during the Civil War and the enduring legacy of explosive remnants of war in the United States. His talk will take place three days ahead of the 150thanniversary of the Civil War’s end.

Former Khmer Rouge child soldier and 2010 CNN Hero Award winner, Aki Ra, will be the week’s keynote speaker at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 in Miller Hall Room 1101. Ra will discuss his work clearing landmines and caring for child survivors in Cambodia.

Post-conflict Recovery Week is held each spring to raise awareness about the long-lasting effects of armed conflict and survivors’ resilience. This year’s events are co-sponsored by JMU’s Institute for Visual Studies, department of justice studies, department of graduate psychology, department of political science, McClung Companies and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation.

All events are free and open to the public. A full list of events and additional information about the week is available on the CISR website.

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