ICPJ Keynote Speaker, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

People have been asking me for more details about Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, our keynote speaker at our 40th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, March 12, at First Presbyterian Church.

Many of you know Jack from when he was on staff at Clergy and Laity Concerned, which used to be ICPJ’s partent organization. Jack served the CALC politics of Hunger program, and he worked closely with ICPJ’s Land, Food, and Justice task force.

Others know Jack from his work with Latin America solidarity. Every year he addresses the Vigil to Close the School of Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and he is author of the book: School of Assassins: Guns, Greed, and Globalization.

For those of you who don’t know Jack, here’s more info about him and his work.

Jack’s work over the past twenty-five years has focused on addressing the political, economic, faith, and foreign policy dimensions of hunger and poverty.  He is the author of a dozen books dealing with diverse topics, including U.S. foreign policy, religion and violence, and the relationship between just social policies and the well-being of families.  Among his books is a mystery novel Harvest of Cain that draws on his experience of living in Central America.  His most recent books include Is Religion Killing Us? Violence in the Bible and the Quran (written in the aftermath of the terror attacks of 9-11-2001), and Saving Christianity from Empire.  The later is a compelling expose of the Bush administrations reckless agenda carried out under the banner of God’s will. (Read about his books online at http://www.powells.com/partner/30656/s?kw=Nelson-Pallmeyer+Jack)

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is Associate Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.  He is a graduate of St. Olaf College where he majored in Political Science.  He did his theological training at Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received a Master of Divinity degree.  Jack is a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and is active in the faith-based Community of St. Martin.   He serves on the board of the National Peace and Justice Studies Association.

To hear one of Jack’s talks, “Killing Democracy American Style,” visit rtsp://  This talk was given as part of the 2005-2006 Peace & Justice Lecture Series at the College of St. Scholastica.

Jack Nelson Pallmeyer on the Issues

Hunger: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, has extensive grass-roots experience in Latin America. In addition, he was the national program coordinator of the Politics of Food Program from 1977 to 1981 and directed the Hunger and Justice Project from 1982 to 1984.

Middle East: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is eloquently critical of how U.S. militarism and empire have spread violence and unrest. He has made peace in Iraq a key part of his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Read Jack’s Exit policy on Iraq: http://backjack2006.org/iraqexit-brief.html (note: ICPJ takes no stance on Jack Nelson Pallmeyer’s electoral work.  We link to this article to provide you with a sense of Jack’s perspective on world events).

Latin America: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer has extensive experience in Latin America Solidarity, and is author of School of Assassins: Guns, Greed, and Globalization and Harvest of Cain, a mystery novel that draws on his experience of living in Central America.

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