Is war ever justified? What kind of conflict, exactly, counts as war? Questions about this terrible yet timeless force in human life are especially pressing and perplexing as America and its allies are engaged in a war on terrorism, as polities about how to treat battlefield prisoners are hotly debated, and as we wrestle with the question of whether pre-emptive war is acceptable. Yet claims about the nature and justification of war and of conduct during war are often presented from an incomplete or skewed perspective, and information about the actions and effects of war is often difficult to interpret. This CWiC critical speaking seminar will examine such claims through philosophical and media analysis of specific wars, while helping students develop oral presentation skills through debates, individual speeches, and collaborative presentations.