Landmine use in American Civil War to be discussed at JMU

james madison university jmuLandmine use during the American Civil War will be the topic of a presentation 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at James Madison University.

“Landmines in Our Backyard: The Civil War’s Buried History,” will be presented by Dr. Ken Rutherford, director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and a professor of political science at JMU.

The program, which will be held in Room 1101 of Miller Hall, is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the M, V and B lots; and also in the Mason and Grace street parking decks. A parking map is available at

CISR ( is recognized as a global leader in international efforts to combat the effects of landmines and explosive remnants of war. Dr. Rutherford is the author or co-editor of four books, testified before Congress and the United Nations, and published more than 40 articles in academic and policy journals.

He co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network, and is a renowned leader in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition that spearheaded the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the global movement that led to the 2008 Cluster Munitions Ban Treaty.

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