January 29, 2010
Complimentary Buffet 6:30
(Please make reservation)
Music Program 7:15
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January 29, 2010
Dr. Michael Andregg
Antonello - Violin
Peter Arnstein - Piano
Michael Andregg left a career in medical genetics at the University
of Minnesota to spend 23 years creating a book, “On the Causes
of War” that won the 1999 National Peace Writing Award. There
he discusses about 40 causes of war that recur so often in history
they should not be ignored by serious scholars … but there is
never time in public presentations to do more than mention that there
are many causes. War is basically a social institution and a decision
process, so people can go to war for any reason their hearts desire.
So the first thing he often does is hand
out a one-page table of contents from that book that lists causes,
to figure out which of those many causes seem most appropriate to
the particular audience. For a religious group, Authoritarian Law
and Militant Religion might appeal, for example, or “Forces
of Evil” (whatever those are). He will not neglect the other
“most important” causes of conflict on the earth that
we observe today. But you cannot cover everything on this life-and-death
topic without eating up discussion time. And discussion is where
most of the best learning takes place.
So he is strict about limiting lecture to
half of the time available at any venue, and discussion is usually
most interesting from that point on. He still teaches at the University
of Minnesota, courses on global problems related to
war, and in the Justice and Peace Studies program at the University
of St. Thomas.
and Arnstein. These two artists have combined for distinguished
concerts, and each has achieved concert eminence in this country
and abroad. Mr. Antonello has made numerous recordings in Europe
over the past year. They have made numerous recordings which will
also be available at this Institute Meeting.
|From Minnesota. Michael Antonello trained at Curtis
in Philadelphia and in Bloomington, Indiana with distinguished violinist
Franco Gulli. Antonello was concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Symphony
in Michigan and the Rochester Symphony in Minnesota, and has performed
with the Minnesota Orchestra. ...a violinist who can...elicit tears,
laughter, and a standing ovation.
||Peter Arnstein is a world renowned pianist and
composer from Minnesota. He has often served as pianist and harpsichordist
with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has accompanied many members of
the Twin Cities two main orchestras and college music faculties. His
compositions include more than a hundred chamber music works, hundreds
of piano solos and duets, and music for orchestra and chorus.
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R. Alan James
The purpose and reasoning in this month's meeting:
The dynamics of conflict, war, security and national interests are complex.
The conduct of war affects every one of us, not only in taxes, and psychic
involvement (consider the obsession of national politics since Christmas)
but in the attention, conversation, news coverage and inner anger of most
citizens. This issue is not too complex for reasoning people to consider,
nor is it an issue with which citizens need be indifferent nor helpless.
Dr. Andregg and I have had long conversations on this matter, and I believe
he can quicken our consciousness and conscience in an edifying fashion.
I invite your participation.
An interdisciplinary agenda necessarily pays attention to many areas for
enrichment of our lives. Aesthetics is absolutely essential to ethical
and political considerations. Music has been a significant area of our
program work from the beginning. We welcome again these premier artists
and their generosity.