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Dozens of Speakers Slated to Discuss September 11
(Released: 11/08/01)

By Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Philip C. Wilcox Jr., president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace and former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Counter Terrorism, will keynote a metanoia, or period of reflection, at the University of Connecticut from Nov. 12-15. The speakers, workshops and seminars will focus on various aspects of the Sept. 11 attacks on America.

Wilcox, a retired Foreign Service Officer and former U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, will speak Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in Room 7 of the Merlin D. Bishop Center.

A closing session, at 8 p.m. Nov. 15, will feature Jamal Badawi, director of the Islamic Information Foundation, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Badawi, one of the foremost experts on Muslims in North America, will discuss the concept of peace in Islam, Jihad, Muslim's relationships to non-Muslims, and comments on Sept. 11, including the issue of justice.

Besides Wilcox and Badawi, 16 events featuring dozens of speakers with expertise in a wide range of subjects have agreed to discuss terrorism, Islam, the effect of the attacks on UConn students, and multiculturalism. Additionally, a special day-long symposium, Reign of Terror: Rights, Reparations and Security, featuring six topics and myriad speakers, will be offered from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 9 in the South Campus Ballroom. And, throughout the period, dozens of professors will be setting aside their normal class plans, to focus discussion on the four topic areas.

"I'm ecstatic that a small committee, working extraordinarily hard during a brief period of time, could assemble so many sterling panels covering such a wide array of subjects," said Paul Goodwin, a history professor and co-chair of the Metanoia Committee, with Chris Hattayer, an undergraduate student. "This is a remarkable time in the history of our country -- in the history of many countries -- and it is incumbent upon us, as a community of scholars, to discuss these events within the community and the state."

All the events are free and open to the public.

Other events scheduled so far include:

November 12, 2001

  • 10 a.m. -- noon, Room 382, Student Union: Islam and Muslims After the Attack: Impact and Policy Implications. Panelists will be Kathleen Moore, assosciate professor of political science; Anne D'Alleva, assistant professor of art and art history; and Donna Hollenberg, associate professor of English;
  • 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., Room 380, Student Union: Personal Aftermaths of Sept. 11: An Experiential Workshop. Led by psychology students Carol Rodriguez and Jaimie Kwassman, the workshop is an open discussion of the events of Sept. 11, and personal reactions to the attack. It will include relaxation and stress management techniques;
  • 1-3 p.m., Room 382, Student Union: Feminism and Militarism, with Naomi Rogers, Yale University;
  • 3:30 p.m., Room 382, Student Union: National Security, a Foreign Policy Panel, with professors Betty Hanson, an expert on India; Jeffrey Lefebvre, a Middle East expert and associate professor of political science at UConn-Stamford; Frank Constigliola, a history professor and expert on 20th century U.S. foreign relations, and Barbara Altemus, a political science undergraduate student;
  • 7 p.m., Northwest Campus Dining Hall: Terrorism: A Q&A, led by Paul Goodwin, a history professor who will teach an intersession course on the historical roots of terrorism. Goodwin also will lead a discussion of the movie The Siege, at about 10 p.m. The movie will be shown after the 7 p.m. event.

November 13, 2001

  • 10 and 11 a.m., Room 380, Student Union: Understanding and Dealing with Traumatic Stress, led by psychology Professor George Allen and graduate student Roxanne Donovan, both experts on stress management;
  • Noon, Room 382, Student Union: Anti-Terrorist Legislation: The Implications. Overview and Q&A, by David Yalof, assistant professor of political science and expert on the Presidency, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Judiciary
  • 4 p.m., Room 382, Student Union: Communicating Cross-Culturally, an Interactive Workshop, led by Mark Wentzel, director of International Student Services and Programs;
  • 7 p.m., Room 380, Student Union: Civil Liberties and Anti-Terrorist Legislation. A debate between the College Democrats and the College Republicans;
  • 7 p.m., South Campus Community Room: Terrorism Q&A, a discussion by Paul Goodwin, history professor and instructor of a course on the roots of terrorism.

November 14, 2001

  • Noon, Room 380, Student Union: Biological and Chemical Terrorism, a panel discussion featuring Robert Vinopal, professor of molecular and cell biology; Art Dimock, a lecturer in chemistry; and Larry Silbart, an associate professor of animal science;
  • 2 p.m., Room 218A, Student Union: Some Thoughts on the Role of Science in the Aftermath of September 11, by Whitney Tabor, assistant professor. of psychology;
  • 3:30 p.m., Room 216A, Student Union: Students in the Military, a discussion with Lt. Col. Paul Veilleux, instructor of military sciences, U.S. Army ROTC, and ROTC Cadets;
  • 4 p.m., Room 218A, Student Union: September 11 and Beyond: A View From the Newsroom, with Thomas Scheffey, Connecticut Law Tribune; Bernard Davidow, The Hartford Courant; and Bethe Dufresne, The Day of New London;
  • 8 p.m., Room 7, Merlin D. Bishop Center: Keynote Address -- Philip C. Wilcox Jr., president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace and former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Counter Terrorism.

November 15, 2001

  • Noon, Room 218A, Student Union: Coming Out in Times of War, with Peter Hegarty, Yale University;
  • 2 p.m., Room 380, Student Union: How to End Racism in our Communities, an interactive workshop moderated by Hedley Freake, nutritional sciences, and Khalid AlYahya, political science;
  • 4 p.m., Room 218A, Student Union: The Impact of September 11 and Peaceful Alternatives to the Conflict," with Gerald Sazama, professor of economics; Karen Chow, an assistant professor of English; Christopher J. Doucot, a founding member of the Hartford Catholic Worker; Charlie Prewitt, an emeritus UConn professor who worked on the Manhatten Project; Joanne Sheehan, co-founder of the War Resister League's New England office; and Marcia Morris, Connecticut coordinator of the American Friends Services Committee;
  • 8 p.m., Konover Auditorium: Closing Session -- Islam and the West. Jamal Badawi, director of the Islamic Information Foundation, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

November 2001 Releases
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