42nd Annual Benefit— October 21st, 2021
The Hidden US Empire and Its Cost to Us All
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In his groundbreaking book, Professor Daniel Immerwahr provides an excellent recounting of the United States' drift toward and full embrace of expansionism and global empire and its efforts to minimize the optics of such egregious behavior. Starting with the founding of the original colonies up until the present day, Prof. Immerwahr relates with brilliant clarity the path of imperial growth and the exploitative behavior that we never learned about in school, and consequently are taught to conveniently ignore. What is the cost of the United States’ ambivalence toward the negative externalities that primarily impact those who we have determined don't belong? How does this ambivalence impact our work as peace activists, and what can we do about it? Because as George Santayana and Winston Churchill have said, “those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.”

Thursday, October 21st, 2021 at 6:00pm 

Host Committee

Andy and Rich Amend, Bill and Cele Arnold, Marcia Bernsten, Mayor Daniel Biss, David and Cari Borris, Martha Cray, Rep. Robyn Gabel, Monica Getzendanner, James Gibbs, Geraldine Gorman, Sallie and Alan Gratch, Kerry Hall and Shauna Scott, Jack and Maureen Kelly, Miriam Kelm, Jacqueline and Water Kendall, Ed and Ellen McManus, Libby Pappalardo, Michael Peshkin, Martha Pierce, Gail Schechter, Comm’r Larry Suffredin and Gloria Callaci, Ellie Sylvan, Phyllis Tholin, Dilnaz Waraich, Elliot Zashin


Daniel Immerwahr, professor of history at Northwestern University, received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, where he studied history and philosophy. Then, funded by a Marshall scholarship, he received a second BA, this time at King’s College at Cambridge University. His mentor there was the historian of empire, C. A. Bayly, and he wrote his thesis on postcolonial Nigerian architecture under the supervision of John Lonsdale. He returned to the United States to get a doctoral degree in history at the University of California, Berkeley, studying under the intellectual historian David Hollinger. His dissertation won the Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History from the Economic History Association, and it received honorable mention for the Betty M. Unterberger Prize from the Society for Historians  of American Foreign Relations. 


Kathy Kelly has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people
in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia, Haiti and Nicaragua. She
and her companions in various peace team delegations believe the U.S.
should end all U.S. military and economic warfare and pay reparations for
suffering already caused by U.S. wars.

Are you feeling apprehensive about participating in a virtual event? We’ve got you covered.

      1. We will be using the Zoom platform for this event. Check out their instructions for getting started here!
      2. If you’re still feeling uneasy about this new event format, we’d would love to talk you through it! Send us an email at capa@chipeaceaction.org to schedule a one-on-one tutorial!

Wine Recommendations from Nuclear Weapons-Free Countries for your Sipping Enjoyment

Thanks to Peace Action’s Kevin Martin for these recommendations!
These are the types of grapes or the name of the wines, not the producer or vineyard. Any of these should be good regardless of the producer.

White Wines

Austria Gruner Veltliner (may be hard to find but if you go to a good
wine shop they should have it. Ask for a recommendation)

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Spain has many varieties
-Cava, a sparkling wine!
-Avoid Freixenet

Red Wines

Australia Shiraz and Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend

New Zealand Pinot Noir

Spain Rioja (a region in Spain),Tempranillo or Garnacha (these are grape varietals)

South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab/Shiraz blend

Argentina Malbec or Malbec/Syrah blends

Chile Cabernet Sauvignon (a good one is Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas)

Thursday, October 21st

6:00  Program Begins
6:15  Digital Cocktail Conversation
6:40  Student presentations
6:50 Presentation of Robert A Cleland Award to Kathy Kelly
7:00 Keynote from Daniel Immerwahr 
7:30  Event Concludes

Progress toward Our Fundraising Goal of $18,000
$12,777 71%

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