Lepage Center Event Discusses “Endless War” and Normalization of Violence in Our Modern Culture

The United States has conducted combat operations in Afghanistan since 2001, but it is not only this war’s chronology that seems boundless

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The United States has conducted combat operations in Afghanistan since 2001, but it is not only this war’s chronology that seems boundless. On Wednesday, November 1 at Villanova University’s Driscoll Hall, the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest will host a panel of history and military experts to discuss this topic -- how these events have consumed us and seemingly become a normal part of our lives. The event will feature:

  • Lt. Col. Guy Berry, ’09 MA, U.S. Marine Corps, Strategy and Plans Division Lead, Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation, The Pentagon
  • Elizabeth Kolsky, PhD, Historian of colonialism and violence, Associate Professor of History, Villanova University
  • Jay Lockenour, PhD, Military historian, Associate Professor of History, Temple University

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. RSVPs are recommended. The event will be moderated by Paul Steege, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Villanova University, and Faculty Director of the Lepage Center.

“Rather than thinking about war as a state of exception, we’re living as if war is a normal operating procedure in which our societies work,” said Steege. “War-like violence is increasingly interjecting itself into our everyday life, and not just in news reporting on crime or terrorism, but even through media, like video games, that make it seem like this is how our life is supposed to be. We’re here to re-trace our steps and see how we got to this point.”   

This event comes off the heels of the Lepage Center’s inaugural event, “Fake News and Fake History: A Crisis of Authority” in September. Following that event, the Lepage Center released a six-step guide to help determine if the information the public receives comes from a credible source.

The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest is a multifaceted resource that draws upon the past to impart lessons for the modern world. Led by Jason Steinhauer and Paul Steege, the Center engages the public through academic programs, research, publications and events. The center engages the public, policymakers, scholars, teachers and students from history and other fields—contributing to a more informed and engaged public. Among its primary goals, the Lepage Center strives to have a visible and tangible impact on the way history is taught to future generations.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.