CORVALLIS, Ore. - Cheyney Ryan, a professor in University of Oregon's philosophy department, will explore the question, "Did Obama Deserve the Nobel Prize?" in a lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Oregon State University's Memorial Union lounge.

The talk, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Ryan focuses his teaching and research on issues of violence and nonviolence. He has published widely on the ethics of war and peace, and more recently on issues of hope and forgiveness in relation to conflict resolution.

He said his talk will address the general nature of American military policy today, including how the decision to wage war is made.

Ryan's long-term interest is developing philosophical frameworks for understanding the ongoing practical work in conflict resolution and consensus building. He is a founder of the University of Oregon Peace Studies Program and has been named one of the top figures in peace education by the Washington Post. He has received numerous awards over the years including Humanitarian of the Year from the Oregon Jewish Federation for his work in Holocaust education.

He is the author of the recent book "The Chickenhawk Syndrome: War, Sacrifice, and Personal Responsibility."

The lecture is sponsored by OSU's Peace Studies Program and ASOSU.

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