PULLMAN, Wash. — Could the events of 9-11 happen again? That is one of dozens of questions on the minds of Americans nearing the one-year anniversary of the attack on America. If the war on terror leads to an invasion of Iraq, what consequences should we expect?
Washington State University faculty members are prepared to answer these tough questions and others in a campus forum planned for 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, in Todd Hall, Room 276. The event, entitled, “A YEAR AFTER 9-11 – Our Nation and Society Now,” is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Asia Program, Thomas S. Foley Institute and the Honors College.
The event was purposely set aside from the university’s 9-11 remembrance events. “The anniversary is clearly a time to mourn our loss,” says John Kicza, moderator of the forum and associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts. “Once we have dealt with our grief, we must also ask the socially relevant questions raised by the tragedy.”
Among the professors taking part, history faculty member Robert Staab will provide an assessment of the current situation in the Middle East and answer the question: “Are future terrorist attacks from that region likely?”
Tom Preston, professor of political science, has researched the current status of homeland defense and U.S. national security and is prepared to answer the questions: “Can the U.S. prevent future terrorist attacks against itself?” and “What would the likely targets be?”
T.V. Reed, professor of American studies, has investigated the impact of Sept. 11 on our national society, culture and personal rights.
Communications faculty member Julie Andsager will share her findings on the perspectives the American media has been emphasizing since Sept. 11, answering questions, including “What stories have the media misunderstood or minimized?”