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Release: Sept. 20, 2001

UI hosts evening of small-group discussions on Sept. 11 attack

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is hosting an evening of small group discussions about current events. "Community Conversations: Understanding Sept. 11, 2001," is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.

Some 50 UI professors will serve as discussion facilitators for groups of up to 10 people. The small-group sessions are intended to give students, faculty, and community members a chance to listen to and learn from each other, tapping into the broad range of experiences, thoughts, and emotions related to recent events in the U.S. and abroad.

"We wanted to allow students to discuss issues they think are of concern in a small, seminar-like setting," said Steve Hoch, associate provost and dean of International Programs, one of the organizers of this event.

Before the small-group sessions begin, four of the faculty moderators will give brief opening remarks offering perspectives on some key issues. Jim McCue, emeritus professor of geography, and Reza Aslan, visiting assistant professor of religion, will speak about religion and politics in the Middle East. Carolyn Stewart Dyer, professor of journalism, will speak about media coverage of the terrorist attack. Chris Rossi, a former member of the National Security Council who is now an adjunct professor of law and Director of Humanities Iowa, will speak on human rights, religious persecution, and international law.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Blythe Burkhardt in advance at (319) 335-1436.