Oct. 4, 2001
Vol. 21 No. 2

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    Three University events will provide forums to discuss tragedy of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

    By Josh Schonwald
    News Office

    University faculty members will be speaking at three different events that will provide forums for discussion of the Tuesday, Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., and their impact.

    The first of these events is a three-day conference titled “9/11: Its Causes and Consequences,” which will begin tonight at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Hall of International House. The Office of the Provost and International House are co-sponsoring the conference, which will open with an address from Geoffrey Stone, Provost.

    Tonight’s panel discussion “Why 9/11: Its Regional and Global Contexts” will feature Cornell Fleischer, the Kanunî S¸leyman Professor of Ottoman & Modern Turkish Studies in the Humanities and the College; Salim Yaqub, Assistant Professor in History and the College; and Lloyd Rudolph, Professor in Political Science and the College.

    Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, John Woods, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, will co-host a discussion titled “Beyond the Clash of Civilizations” with Adnan Husain, a visiting Sawyer Fellow from New York University. Following the panel session, Alison Boden, Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, will lead an informal discussion.

    Saturday’s daylong conference agenda begins at 10 a.m. with “Backlash in America,” featuring speakers Anthony Chase of the University’s Human Rights Program and its Center for International Studies, Daisy Rockwell of Loyola University and Adam Schwartz of the American Civil Liberties Union. Jack Goldsmith, Professor in the Law School; Robert Pape, Associate Professor in Political Science and the College; and Michael Loriaux, of Northwestern University, will discuss at 1 p.m. the history of terrorist attacks in “Uses of Violence.”

    The event will conclude with “Political Uses of Region,” a panel discussion that will begin at 3 p.m. and feature Boden; Saba Mahmood, Assistant Professor in the Divinity School; and Malika Zeghal, a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

    Henry Pernet, Director of International House, said plans are underway for more lectures and discussions throughout the Fall Quarter.

    All conference sessions are free and will be held in the International House Assembly Hall. More information is available at (773) 753-2274 or the University Web site at: http://www.uchicago.edu/

    The Graduate School of Business will sponsor a public conversation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the University’s Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, focusing on the response of firms, industries and markets to the Sept. 11 attacks. The forum will feature Gary Becker, Professor in Economics and Sociology; Steven Kaplan, the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance in the GSB; and Kevin Murphy, the George Pratt Shultz Professor of Economics and Industrial Relations in the GSB.

    Edward Snyder, Dean and Professor of Economics in the GSB, will moderate the conversation and questions from the audience.

    This event is free, but advance registration is required. To register, call (773) 702-7572.

    The University Alumni Association will co-sponsor with the Northwestern University Alumni Association a program titled “The Politics of Terrorism” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Gleacher Center.

    This free event for alumni will feature a panel of faculty members from the University and from Northwestern University.

    Panelists from the University will be: John Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science and the College and Co-director of the Program on International Security Policy, and Marvin Zonis, Professor of Business Administration in the GSB and a Middle East scholar.

    Benjamin Page, the Fulcher professor of decision-making at Northwestern University, and Douglas Cassel, director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern’s Law School, also will serve as panelists.