Colonel to discuss ethics and morality for military in reference to Holocaust

Colonel to discuss ethics and morality for military in reference to Holocaust

FROM RICE NEWS STAFF REPORTS

Col. Edward Westermann will present “A Perspective on the Holocaust: The Role of Ethics and Morality for the Military Professional” as part of the Bridge Builders Lecture Series organized by Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.

COL. EDWARD WESTERMANN
   

The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. The museum is co-sponsoring the program with the Boniuk Center and the Greater Houston ROTC.

Westermann, former commander of the Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, will address how the U.S. Air Force Academy’s course on the genocide of European Jews during the National Socialist dictatorship prepares students to confront moral dilemmas that may arise when the execution of military orders directly affects the life and death of innocent civilians. He has been a professor of military strategic studies and an associate professor of comparative military history and theory at the academy.

Westermann has a B.S. in military history from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.A. in European history from Florida State University, an M.A. in airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, a summer fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and, most recently, the recipient of a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Research Fellowship.

The Bridge Builders Lectures Series highlights individuals who help strengthen the bridge of religious tolerance. For more info, visit boniukcenter.org.

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