Meet the Panelists
Jeffrey Bolster is Professor of History at UNH. Among his fields of expertise is New Hampshire history. He can provide a context for the political atmosphere at the time in the state. Among his publications is the article “‘The Absurdity of Nonresistance’: Reexamining Article 10 of N.H.’s Constitution, the ‘Right of Revolution,’” in Historical New Hampshire, so he can also provide historical background as to analogous cases and antecedents over time.
Michael Ferber, our humanities expert and the panel’s facilitator, is Professor of English and Humanities at UNH. During the Vietnam War, while at Harvard Graduate School, he helped organize the draft-resistance movement and returned his own draft card to the Justice Department, which put him at the center of a federal conspiracy trial along with Dr. Benjamin Spock, Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr. and others. He has taught courses in civil liberties and nonviolent social change at UNH and Boston University. His personal history combined with deep grounding in the classics and the broader humanities position him well to set just the right tone and raise the big questions for this panel.
Clare Chapman is Executive Director of the New Hampshire Council of Churches, which describes itself as “New Hampshire’s religious voice for peace, justice and the integrity of creation.” She is a member of the United Methodist Church, as Willard Uphaus was, and is in a unique position to explore the religious motivations behind the conscientious stand he took, and to give examples of similar cases in which an individual’s religiously motivated expression has come in conflict with the laws of the land. She is a Juris Doctor and served as General Counsel to the National Council of Churches before coming to her current position, giving a strong legal grounding to her perspective as well.
Maria Sanders is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and coordinates the Philosophy program at Plymouth State University. She has a JD degree in addition to a Ph.D. in philosophy, and teaches applied ethics. As an award-winning teacher with a special interest in the Uphaus case, Dr. Sanders teaches classes on “Building a Civil Society” and "Ethics in Everyday Life". Among the many gifts she brings to the panel, she can speak to the ethical role of the individual in contributing to a functioning civil society. Her particular interests in this case include reflections on the issues of civil responsibility, conflicts between protecting individual rights and public interests such as national security, and the complex layers of power ever-present in the Uphaus case.