PULLMAN, Wash. — Six months after Sept. 11, the Washington State University and local communities will have an opportunity to reflect on the tragedy with the two-day symposium, “An American Tragedy: A Reflection,” March 11-12.

The symposium will consist of lectures, forums, discussions and a remembrance. All events are free and open to the public.

WSU President V. Lane Rawlins will speak about the impact of Sept. 11 and the university’s response at a noon memorial event on Glenn Terrell Mall March 11. The program will be held in the Compton Union Building auditorium if there is inclement weather.

Two simultaneous sessions at 3 – 5 p.m., March 11, in CUB 127, will address civic responsibility. The first session will focus on the importance of community service learning and volunteerism. The second session in CUB 212 will cover how faith determines people’s sense of civic responsibility and the impact of Sept. 11 on faith communities on campus and in the community.

A series of photographs of Afghan refugee camps will be the subject of a reception hosted by the Middle Eastern Student Association and the Office of Student Programs at 7 p.m., March 11, in the Fine Arts Center. The installation, “When Two Bulls Fight, the Leg of the Calf is Broken,” resonates with the plight of the people who live in photographer Fazal Sheikh’s ancestral homeland. Mushtaq Memon, assistant director of WSU International Programs, will speak on what Americans have learned about Muslim communities and Muslim views of the Sept. 11 events. Amy Mooney, assistant professor of Fine Arts, will discuss “Art and Human Tragedy” at the reception.

William Hallagan, associate professor of economics, and specialists on the Pacific Northwest economy and emerging career fields will discuss the job market post-Sept. 11, at noon – 2 p.m., March 12, in CUB 127.

Keynote speaker Joel Migdal, Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington, will address the impact of globalization on different societies and how it has caused Islam to become a force in radical political mobilization among some believers. Migdal specializes in the field of comparative politics and the Middle East. His talk “Winners and Losers in the World of the 21st Century” is set for 7 p.m., March 12, at Todd Hall, Room 216. A discussion will follow the address.