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Journalist and academic Mark Danner to deliver Stanford's 2010 Tanner Lectures, with focus on torture

Mark Danner will deliver two lectures: "Imposing the State of Exception: Constitutional Dictatorship, Torture and Us" and "Naturalizing the State of Exception: Terror, Fear and the War Without End."

Mark Danner

Mark Danner has written extensively about American foreign policy.

Mark Danner, a journalist and professor who has written extensively about American foreign policy, torture and human rights violations, will deliver this year's Tanner Lectures on Human Values on April 14 and 15.

Stanford's Center for Ethics in Society and the President's Office will host the series, which is free and open to the public.

Danner, who has focused on Abu Ghraib and other torture scandals since 9/11, will deliver two lectures: "Imposing the State of Exception: Constitutional Dictatorship, Torture and Us" and "Naturalizing the State of Exception: Terror, Fear and the War Without End." Both 90-minute talks will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Building 320, Room 105.

The talks will focus on American policies and politics surrounding the detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects.

Discussion seminars will be held on April 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Landau Economics Building, SIEPR A. Commentators will include Eric Posner, a University of Chicago law professor; Col. Steven Kleinman, a senior intelligence officer for the Air Force; Elaine Scarry, an English and American literature and language professor from Harvard; and Stephen Holmes, a professor at New York University's law school.

Danner began writing about the war on terror shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, and later became a vocal critic of the Iraq War. He reported on Iraq for the New York Review of Books and wrote a series of essays about Abu Ghraib that later served as the basis of a book, Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror.

Last year, he wrote an essay revealing the contents of a secret Red Cross report based on testimony from terror detainees who had been interrogated in "black site" prisons secretly run by the United States.

Late last year, he published Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War, which contains political reporting on wars, revolutions and other forms of global violence.

The Tanner Lectures are held annually at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the universities of California, Michigan and Utah, and in England at Cambridge and Oxford universities. Established in 1978 by Obert Clark Tanner, an industrialist, legal scholar and philosopher, the lectures are meant to advance and reflect upon the scholarly and scientific learning relating to human values.