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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
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.