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  November 5, 2001

Metanoia Events Scheduled

Philip C. Wilcox Jr., president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace and former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Counter Terrorism, will keynote the University's period of reflection on events surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks on America.

Wilcox, a retired Foreign Service Officer and former U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, will speak Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in Room 7 of the Merlin D. Bishop Center.

Besides Wilcox, members of the Metanoia Committee and their subcommittees on terrorism, Islam, the effect of the attacks on UConn students, and multiculturalism, have assembled 16 speakers and panels during the Metanoia, scheduled for Nov. 12, 13, 14 and 15. A special day-long symposium, Reign of Terror: Rights, Reparations and Security, featuring six topics and myriad speakers, will be offered from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 9, in the South Campus Ballroom.

Other events scheduled so far include:

November 12
10 a.m. -- noon, Room 382, Student Union: Islam and Muslims After the Attack: Impact and Policy Implications. Panelists will be Kathleen Moore, assosciate professor of political science; Anne D'Alleva, assistant professor of art and art history; and Donna Hollenberg, associate professor of English;

1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., Room 380, Student Union: Personal Aftermaths of Sept. 11: An Experiential Workshop. Led by psychology students Carol Rodriguez and Jaimie Kwassman, the workshop is an open discussion of the events of Sept. 11, and personal reactions to the attack. It will include relaxation and stress management techniques;

3:30 p.m., Room 382, Student Union: National Security, a Foreign Policy Panel, with professors Betty Hanson, an expert on India; Jeffrey Lefebvre, a Middle East expert and associate professor of political science at UConn-Stamford; Frank Constigliola, a history professor and expert on 20th century U.S. foreign relations, and Barbara Altemus, a political science undergraduate student;

7 p.m., Northwest Campus Dining Hall: Terrorism: A Q&A, led by Paul Goodwin, a history professor who will teach an intersession course on the historical roots of terrorism. Goodwin also will lead a discussion of the movie The Siege, at about 10 p.m. The movie will be shown after the 7 p.m. event.

November 13
10 and 11 a.m., Room 380, Student Union: Understanding and Dealing with Traumatic Stress, led by psychology Professor George Allen and graduate student Roxanne Donovan, both experts on stress management;

Noon, Room 382, Student Union: Anti-Terrorist Legislation: The Implications. Overview and Q&A, by David Yalof, assistant professor of political science and expert on the Presidency, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Judiciary;

4 p.m., Room 382, Student Union: Communicating Cross-Culturally, an Interactive Workshop, led by Mark Wentzel, director of International Student Services and Programs;

7 p.m., Room 380, Student Union: Civil Liberties and Anti-Terrorist Legislation. A debate between the College Democrats and the College Republicans;

7 p.m., South Campus Community Room: Terrorism Q&A, a discussion by Paul Goodwin, history professor and instructor of a course on the roots of terrorism.

November 14
Noon, Room 380, Student Union: Biological and Chemical Terrorism, a panel discussion featuring Robert Vinopal, professor of molecular and cell biology; Art Dimock, a lecturer in chemistry; and Larry Silbart, an associate professor of animal science;

2 p.m., Room 218A, Student Union: Some Thoughts on the Role of Science in the Aftermath of September 11, by Whitney Tabor, assistant professor of psychology;

3:30 p.m., Room 216A, Student Union: Students in the Military, a discussion with Lt. Col. Paul Veilleux, instructor of military sciences, U.S. Army ROTC, and ROTC Cadets;

4 p.m., Room 218A, Student Union: September 11 and Beyond: A View From the Newsroom, with Thomas Scheffey, Connecticut Law Tribune; Bernard Davidow, The Hartford Courant; and Bethe Dufresne, The Day of New London;

8 p.m., Room 7, Merlin D. Bishop Center: Keynote Address -- Philip C. Wilcox Jr., president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace and former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Counter Terrorism.

November 15
Noon, Room 218A, Student Union: Coming Out in Times of War, with Peter Hegarty;

4 p.m., Room 218A, Student Union: The Impact of September 11 and Peaceful Alternatives to the Conflict," with Gerald Sazama, professor of economics, Karen Chow, an assistant professor of English;

8 p.m., Konover Auditorium: Closing Session -- Islam and the West. Jamal Badawi, director of the Islamic Information Foundation, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Richard Veilleux