Community Forum On "America And The War On Terrorism" Nov. 12 At Baylor

Nov. 7, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University will host a community forum on "America and the War on Terrorism" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Jones Theater in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Baylor's Office of the Provost, Continuing Education and College of Arts and Sciences.

Panelists are Dr. William A. Mitchell, director of the Center for International Education; Dr. Christopher Marsh, director of Asian Studies; Dr. J. Mark Long, director of Middle East Studies; and Charles Hill, Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Diplomacy at Baylor and Distinguished Fellow in International Security and senior lecturer in international affairs at Yale University. The forum will be moderated by Dr. Wallace L. Daniel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"The forum will provide information from our faculty to our community that will enable all of us get a larger perspective on the world-defining events we've all experienced," Daniel said.

Mitchell is a retired Air Force colonel who lived in Turkey for 10 years. He is a graduate of the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Services. A decorated veteran of Vietnam and the Gulf War, Mitchell served as base commander at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and as Air Base Group Commander in Izmir, Turkey, during the Gulf War. He previously held teaching posts at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was professor of geography and director of intercultural education, and at the Air War College. He also is an academic associate of NATO.

Marsh is an expert on democratization and transition politics in Russia and China. Fluent in Russian and Chinese, he is the author of Making Russian Democracy Work and Russia at the Polls, a study of Russian electoral politics. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut, Marsh has conducted field research across Eastern Europe and Eurasia on numerous occasions, including the recent gubernatorial and local legislative elections in Moscow and southern Russia.

Long, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and has lectured extensively on Middle East politics and religion, as well as the Persian Gulf War. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, religion, Koine Greek and national security affairs, and completed intensive Arabic training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. Before coming to Baylor, Long taught Arabic at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Additionally, he is a major in the Air Force ready reserves.

Hill is a longtime diplomat with nearly 40 years of national and international experience. He began his distinguished career in 1962 as a United Nations affairs officer, then for the next 20 years served in various foreign service positions in Switzerland, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Israel. He was a speechwriter for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger from 1974-77, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in 1982, chief of staff at the Department of State from 1983-84 and executive assistant to Secretary of State George Shultz from 1984-89. Named a Career Minister of the U.S. Foreign Service, Hill also served from 1992-96 as special consultant to U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and as U.N. Assistant Secretary-General. He has held various appointments at Harvard, Cornell, Stanford and the U.S. Air Force Academy, and has served as a diplomat-in-residence at Yale since 1992.

For more information on the forum, call Continuing Education at (254) 710-3550.

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