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Provost Lecture Series to discuss professor's research of just causes of war


Is it just to go to war? The question, though rather large, is one that an Austin Peay State University professor will discuss as part of his latest research at the next Provost Lecture Series session.

Dr. Jordy Rocheleau, professor of philosophy, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series also can be viewed in real time via online streaming at The sessions also are recorded and can be viewed later on APSU’s iTunes public site at

Rocheleau will speak about his recent research regarding the principles of jus ad bellum, or just recourse to war – that is, under what conditions it is just to go to or continue a war. He will discuss contemporary push for relaxing or eschewing the requirements of just cause and legitimate authorization as conditions for the recourse to military force. He will conclude with a defense of relatively strict standard for cause and authority, showing the relationship between the two.  

Rocheleau has taught at APSU since 2001. He has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His teaching and research focus is ethics, especially military ethics and just war theory. He has recently published articles on the role of international authorization in just war theory, the ethics of occupation after an unjust war and the responsibility of soldiers for fighting for unjust causes. He is also coauthor of “Rights and Wrongs in the College Classroom” on ethics of teaching. 

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303 and include the following:

Nov. 1: Kevin Tanner

Nov. 8: Lindsay Szramek

Nov. 15: Dr. Antonio Thompson

Nov. 29: Leong Lee

Jan. 10: Taj Hashmi

Jan. 17: Foloshade Agusto

Jan. 24: Mercy Cannon

Jan. 31: C.M. Gienger

Feb. 7: Tatsushi Hirono

Feb. 12: Christopher Burawa

Feb. 14: Alex King

Feb. 21: Andriy Kovalskyy

Feb. 28: Suta Lee

March 7: Sergei Markov

March 21: Kristofer Ray

March 28: Ayman Alzaatreh

April 4: Stephen Truhon

April 11: Jason Verber

April 18: Paul Collins

April 19: Carol Baskauf

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931-221-7992 or email him at - Dr. Melony Shemberger