The 2017 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, May 3, with Joan Johnson-Freese, Ph.D., who will discuss gender equality within a society and how it impacts state conflict situations. The first political order is the sexual political order. The character of that first order molds society, its governance and its behavior. Studies have shown that the situation of women in a society is significantly linked to the inclination of that society to be involved in intra- and inter-state conflict, and the inclination to ignore international norms and use violence first in conflict situations. Therefore, it is important not just for social justice reasons, but national security reasons, to understand that order. Without such an understanding, a complete picture of the security environment is impossible.
Joan Johnson-Freese is a Professor of National Security Affairs and former department Chair at the Naval War College, where she teaches security strategies. She has widely published on issues regarding space security and Professional Military Education, and a frequent media consultant on those issues. She is also an adjunct at Harvard Extension and Summer Schools, where she is currently teaching a course on Women, Peace & Security.
A wine and cheese reception is held at 5:30 pm, followed by the salon at 6:00 pm. Free for members; $10 for non-members. Seating is limited; call 401-847-0295, ext. 112 for reservations or register online below.
This spring’s Salon Series is generously sponsored by our Community Partner, MICHAEL HAYES.