This years Benedum Lecture Series at West Virginia University will focus on issues related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“September 11th: One Year Later”is the theme for the lecture series, which will be held in September and October. Four speakers from various institutions and think tanks across the United States will talk about issues ranging from the attacks on the WorldTradeCenter and Pentagon to the U.S.-led war on terrorism that followed.

“This years lectures should be both timely and compelling, coming on the heels as they do of the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11,”said C.B. Wilson, associate provost for academic personnel.”The lecturers will share their respective knowledge in the areas of traumatic stress, bioterrorism, Islamic history and international politics.”

All lectures will begin at 8 p.m. in Room G24 in Eiesland Hall.

Lecture dates, speakers and topics are:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18 �€ Terence M. Keane, professor and vice chairman of research in psychiatry at Boston Universitys School of Medicine and chief of psychology service at the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System,”Terrorism, War and Trauma: Lessons for the Promotion of Resiliency and Recovery”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2 �€ David R. Franz, vice president of the chemical and biological defense division of the Southern Research Institute in Frederick, Md.,”Bioterrorismafter September 11, 2001”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 �€ Amira Sonbol, associate professor of Islamic history, law and society at GeorgetownUniversitys Center of Muslim-Christian Understanding,”Muslim Women in the 21st Century”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16 �€ Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland,”The Stakes: America, the War on Terrorism and the Middle East”

In conjunction with the lecture series, the Provosts Office, with assistance from the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, will sponsor a student essay contest. The competition, open to WVU undergraduate students on the Morgantown campus, will award prizes totaling $3,000. Essays should be related to the lecture seriestheme and be 1,500-2,500 words in length. They are due Wednesday, Nov. 13. Three copies should be sent to Benedum Essay Competition, 210 Stewart Hall, WVU , P.O. Box 6203, Morgantown, WV26506 -6203.

The Benedum Lecture Series is sponsored by the Claude Worthington Benedum Endowment and the Office of the Provost and coordinated by the Distinguished and Chaired Professors of WVU .


Terence M. Keane is professor and vice chairman of research in psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is also the chief of psychology and director of the NationalCenter for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System. The past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dr. Keane has published three books and over 140 articles on the assessment and treatment of PTSD . His contributions to the field have been recognized by many honors, including the Robert Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from ISTSS , a Fulbright Scholarship, an Outstanding Research Contribution Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Division of Public Service Psychologists of the American Psychological Association and the Weisband Distinguished Alumnus Award from Binghamton University (SUNY). Dr. Keane is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He has lectured and conducted workshops internationally on topics related to psychological trauma. In the wake of the terrorism attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, Keane has consulted to the Fire Department of New York and numerous federal agencies regarding the provision of mental health services.

David R. Franz is vice president of the chemical and biological defense division of the Southern Research Institute. Franz also served in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for 23 of 27 years on active duty. Dr. Franz has served as both deputy commander and then commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and as deputy commander of the Medical Research and Materiel Command. Prior to joining the Command, he served as Group Veterinarian for the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Dr. Franz served as chief inspector on three United Nations Special Commission biological warfare inspection missions to Iraq and as technical advisor on long-term monitoring. He also served as a member of the first two US/UK teams that visited Russia in support of the Trilateral Joint Statement on Biological Weapons and as a member of the Trilateral ExpertsCommittee for biological weapons negotiations. He was technical editor for the Textbook of Military Medicine on Chemical and Biological Defense released in 1997. His current national-level committee appointments include the Defense Intelligence Agency Red Team Bio-Chem 2020, the Defense Science Board for Homeland Defense (Intelligence Panel), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Threat Reduction Advisory Committee Science&Technology Panel, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Biological Threats to Agricultural Plants and Animals, the NAS Committee on Advanced Sensors and the NAS Committee for Research with Russian Biological Institutes, which he chairs. He also serves on the Deans Advisory Council of the College of Veterinary Medicine, KansasStateUniversity. Dr. Franz is the deputy director of the Center for Disaster Preparedness, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine, where he holds an adjunct appointment as professor, and he serves on the faculty of the Department of Justice, Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. He has been an invited speaker at nationally and internationally recognized organizations including: the American Society for Microbiology, the National Academy of Sciences, GeorgetownUniversity, the Brookings Institution, the FBIAcademy, the NationalDefenseUniversity, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army War College, the NavalWarCollege and the AirWarCollege. He has also provided expert testimony to the U.S. Senate. He has been an invited guest expert on National Public Radio, MSNBC s”Hardball”and”The News with Brian Williams,” ABC s”Primetime,”and CBS s”Early Show with Sam Donaldson,”“The Morning Show”and”60 Minutes.”He is a resident graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, a recipient of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award, the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster. He holds a D.V.M. from KansasStateUniversity and a Ph.D. in Physiology from Baylor College of Medicine.

Amira El-Azhary Sonbol is an associate professor of Islamic history, law and society at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, GeorgetownUniversity. She was the recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities Senior Scholar Grant through the AmericanResearchCenter in Egypt, 1994-95. She is the author of”The Creation of a Medical Profession in Egypt, 1800-1922”(Syracuse University Press, 1991);”The New Mamluks: Egyptian Society and Modern Feudalism”(Syracuse 2000);”Women of the Jordan: Islam, Labor and the Law”(forthcoming November 2002). She is translator and editor of”The Last Khedive of Egypt”(Ithaca Press, 1998); co-editor of Journal of Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations (CARFAX), and editor of”HAWWA: Journal of the Women of the Islamic World and the Middle East”(forthcoming, E.J. Brill, 2003) and”Women, the Family, and Divorce Laws in Islamic History”(Syracuse University Press, 1996).

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park and is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he was associate professor of government and director of the Near Eastern Studies Program at CornellUniversity and a Visiting Fellow at the WoodrowWilsonCenter. He has taught at several universities, including OhioStateUniversity, the University of Southern California, PrincetonUniversity, ColumbiaUniversity, SwarthmoreCollege and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in political science. Among his publications are”Power and Leadership in International Bargaining: The Path to the Camp David Accords”(Columbia University Press, 1990);”International Organizations and Ethnic Conflict,”ed. with Milton Esman (Cornell University Press, 1995);”Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East,”ed. with Michael Barnett (Cornell University Press, 2002); and numerous articles on international politics and Middle Eastern affairs. Besides his academic activities, Telhami has been active in the foreign policy arena and has been a contributor to the Washington Post , the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times . While a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, he served as advisor to the United States delegation to the United Nations during the Iraq-Kuwait crisis and was on the staff of Congressman Lee Hamilton. He is the author of a report on Persian Gulf security for the Council on Foreign Relations and the co-drafter of another Council report on the Arab-Israeli peace process. In addition, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch/Middle East. He has been a member of the American delegation of the Trilateral American/Israeli/Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee mandated by the Wye River Agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. He also has a weekly radio commentary that broadcasts all over the Middle East. He was appointed by the White House to the Board of the United States Institute of Peace.