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Wittenberg Hosts Event To Analyze Drone Surveillance Tactics

September 11, 2012  
 Filed in Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Department of Sociology, the Sociology Club, the Wittenberg Student Peace Alliance and the Department of Theatre and Dance are co-sponsoring a campus event of the Know Drones Tour, a national sidewalk education project aimed at informing the public on the impact of drone war and drone surveillance. The tour will visit campus from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Benham-Pence Student Center.

The program will include a reading of The Predator by Wittenberg students studying in the Theatre and Dance Department. The play, authored by Jack Gilroy, playwright, novelist and peace worker, addresses drone warfare and has been performed at Georgetown and Syracuse Universities, among other venues.

The Ohio Air National Guard’s 178th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing is flying MQ-1 Predator drones, a remotely controlled attack aircraft, from its base at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.

“People in the Dayton-Springfield area are being asked to be part of more and more drone development,” said Nick Mottern, director of the tour. “We will be raising questions about where drones are taking us as a nation, as communities and individuals, and whether we want to go there.”

At 1 p.m. a formal presentation on current and future drone use, particularly as drones relate to controlling resources, labor and populations, will take place in the lower level of the student center. The reading of The Predator will begin at 2 p.m. and a discussion will follow. An informal discussion at 4 p.m. will conclude the day’s events.

“We are hoping that people from the Springfield community, particularly members of the Air National Guard, will attend the program at Wittenberg,” Mottern said.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts

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