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Bancroft Roundtable
October 20, 2022 • New Time: 1 PM • via Zoom
Anatomy of Torture
Presented by Ron Hassner, Chancellor’s Professor of Political Science and Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies, University of California, Berkeley


Does torture "work?" Can controversial techniques such as waterboarding extract crucial and reliable intelligence? Since 9/11, this question has been angrily debated in the halls of power and the court of public opinion. In his new book, Anatomy of Torture, Ron E. Hassner mined the archives of the Spanish Inquisition to propose an answer that will frustrate and infuriate both sides of the divide. The Inquisition's scribes recorded every torment, every scream, and every confession in the torture chamber. Their transcripts, held by The Bancroft Library, reveal that Inquisitors used torture deliberately and meticulously, unlike the rash, improvised methods used by the United States after 9/11.

Oct 20, 2022 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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