Baylor Sept. 17 Forum To Examine Attack On America

Sept. 17, 2001

by Judy Long

Students, faculty and others wishing to discuss the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon will gather for a forum hosted on the Baylor University campus at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, on the third floor of Carroll Library.

"Attack on America: Religion, Politics and Violence " is co-sponsored and co-hosted by the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies and the Center for American and Jewish Studies.

The forum will allow the community to examine the attacks and form appropriate responses to them. "It's a call for people of all faiths to come together to consider the ethical implications and responses to the attack, " said Dr. Bill Mitchell, professor of political science and The Jo Murphy Chair in International Education, and one of the forum participants.

The forum will provide an opportunity to talk openly about the attack from both an intellectual and a faith standpoint. "We want to prepare our minds to deal constructively with this situation on an intellectual level, rather than from anger," said Dr. Caleb Oladipo, assistant professor of church-state studies and assistant director of African studies.

Faculty on the forum include Dr. Todd Lake, dean of university ministries; Mitchell; Oladipo; Dr. Linda Adams, associate professor of political science; and Dr. Marc Ellis, university professor of American and Jewish Studies.

Ellis urged Americans to reflect on the cycle of violence and terror, "and how we as people of faith -- Jews, Christians, Muslims, and those of every faith and community -- might end that cycle in the United States and in the world."

For more information, call the Center for American and Jewish Studies at 710-1510.

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