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Release: Sept. 17, 2001

UI professors, local residents organize discussion on Sept. 11 attack

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Several University of Iowa professors will join community leaders and local residents for a panel discussion on issues surrounding the terrorist attack on America last week. "Reflecting On September 11th: What Are Appropriate Responses?" will be held Thursday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Second-Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. (Editor's Note: This location was changed from the Iowa City Public Library in anticipation of a large turnout.)

"We invite students, community members, faculty and all those who are interested in participating in a thoughtful discussion of the tragedy that has unfolded," said Jael Silliman, the assistant professor of women's studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who is facilitating the discussion.

Silliman said people from the community and the university will speak briefly, addressing a range of perspectives. Following that will be an hour for questions for discussion of appropriate and effective responses to unfolding events.

Speakers include:

  • Adrien Wing, professor of law: "Why Do They Hate Us?"
  • Shelton Stromquist, professor of history: "What's The Use of History At A Time Like This?"
  • Richard Horwitz, professor of American studies: "What is the Terror Like?"
  • Ken MacDonald, assistant professor of geography: "Reflecting On the View from Pakistan"
  • Karen Kubby, community activist: "Building Safe Communities"
  • Osha Gray Davidson, author: "Breaking Cycles of Violence"
  • Tom Lewis, professor of Spanish: "What Can We Do?"
  • This event was originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, but was rescheduled to avoid conflict with the beginning of the Rosh Hashanah holiday.