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

Time: Thursday, September 20, 7:00-9:00 PM Place: Woodburn Hall, Room 101, WVU Campus

Cost: Free of charge.