In the context of mourning for the victims and sympathy for their families and friends, a forum will be held on Thursday, September 20, 7:00 PM in the Rhododendron Room of the Mountainlair, to discuss the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Many students have indicated a need for more information and a desire to exchange ideas and hear a variety of perspectives in order to process their feelings of sadness and alarm. The free event will give/ our community an opportunity to reflect on recent events and to engage in a dialogue about the/ present crisis.
A panel of speakers with various areas of expertise will discuss the historical, ethical, political, and military issues confronting the United States. The two-hour forum will be divided between brief presentations by the panelists and a question-and-answer period during which audience members will be encouraged to offer insights or alternative points-of-view. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The panel will be composed of the following:
Brian McHale, Eberly Chair, Department of English, Moderator
Abdulkader al-Azzaz, Department of Health Sciences and Faculty Advisor to the Muslim Student Association
Joe Hagan, Department of Political Science
Rabbi Bonnie Leavy, Tree of Life Congregation, Morgantown
Lt. Col. Robert Leonhard, Military Scientist
Jose Pimienta-Bey, Historian
Maryanne Reed, School of Journalism
Reverend Matthew Riegel, Lutheran Campus Chaplain with ELCA