University Offering Public Forums on Sept. 11 Attacks

University Offering Public Forums on Sept. 11 Attacks

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, a series of panel inquiries have been mounted on campus into the roots of the tragedy.

More than 265 students filled McGuinn 121 on Sept. 20 to hear Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology David Hollenbach, SJ, and professors Donald Hafner (Political Science), Ali Banuazizi (Psychology) and Jeanne Guillemin (Sociology) discuss the questions, "Why? Why the Middle East? Why America? Why now?"

Faculty of Pakistani or Indian descent, including Assoc. Prof. Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks (English), Asst. Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi (History) and Asst. Prof. Qamar-ul Huda (Theology), appeared in the Shea Room of Conte Forum on Oct. 1 to offer "Views from South Asia of the International Crisis."

Envisioned future topics include the presence of evil in the world and the fundamentalist phenomenon in religion, according to Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Smyer, an organizer of the forum series, which is co-sponsored by the UGBC and the Academic Vice President's Office.

Smyer said another panel is planned in connection to the "Hope Photographs" currently on exhibit at the McMullen Museum.

"We're trying to provide our community members with a fuller context in which to understand the tragic events of Sept. 11, by looking at historical, political, economic and theological aspects," Smyer said.

"We hope we're doing what universities do best, by bringing expertise to bear on important issues," he said.

-Mark Sullivan


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