Symposium on International Terrorism To Be Held at U.T. Dallas Oct. 3

The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) will hold a symposium on international terrorism – its causes, its impact on civilized society and possible ways to prevent it — Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall in the Erik Jonsson Building on the UTD campus.

The symposium, entitled “Understanding Terrorism: Lessons from the Ashes and the Rubble,” is free and open to the public.

Panelists will include four experts on various aspects of terrorism from the U.T. Dallas faculty:

  • Dr. Lloyd Jeff Dumas, professor of political economy in UTD’s School of Social Sciences and author of Lethal Arrogance. Dumas has been quoted extensively in the national news media in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
  • Dr. Marie Isabelle Chevrier, associate professor of political economy in the School of Social Sciences. Chevrier is an expert in both arms control and biological and chemical warfare and also has been quoted in the media on several occasions about recent events.
  • Dr. Jennifer Holmes, assistant professor of government and politics and political economy in the School of Social Sciences. Holmes is the author of Terrorism and Democratic Stability. She, too, has been called on as an expert in her field to do a number of interviews with the media, including KERA radio, in recent weeks.
  • Dr. Murray J. Leaf, professor of anthropology and political economy in the School of Social Sciences. Leaf is an expert on South Asia, mainly focusing on the relations between government and local social and economic conditions. He is the author of Pragmatism and Development: The Prospects for Pluralist Transformation in the Third World and The Punjab Crisis.

Each of the four panelists will speak for about 20 minutes, and then the forum will be open for questions and comments from the audience.

Anyone interested in additional information on the symposium may contact Jyoti Mallick at 972-883-6191 or [email protected].

The main entrance to UTD is on University Boulevard on the north side of Campbell Road between Coit and Floyd Roads.

About UTD

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