November 12, 2001
Period of Reflection
Slated for This Week
The committee charged with developing plans for a
University-wide Metanoia related to the terrorist
attacks of September 11 has put together a set of
speakers, panels, and workshops that cover a
spectrum of topics, beginning today.
The four-day event, running from 10 a.m. November
12 through 8 p.m. November 15, includes a keynote
speech by Philip C. Wilcox Jr., president of the
Foundation for Middle East Peace and former U.S.
Ambassador-at-Large for Counter Terrorism, and a
closing speech by Jamal Badawi, director of the
Islamic Information Foundation and one of North
America's foremost Muslim speakers for two decades.
Badawi will discuss the concept of peace in Islam,
Jihad, Muslims relationships to non-Muslims, and
September 11 events, including the issue of
Other panels and seminars during the event will
focus on everything from national security to
anti-terrorist legislation being considered in
Congress to students in the military, biological
and chemical terrorism and peaceful alternatives to
Throughout the period, dozens of professors will be
setting aside their normal class plans, instead
focusing discussion on the four topic areas.
"I'm ecstatic that a small committee, working
extraordinarily hard during a brief period of time,
could assemble so many sterling panels covering
such a wide array of subjects," said Paul Goodwin,
a history professor and co-chair, with Chris
Hattayer, an undergraduate student, of the Metanoia
Committee. "This is a remarkable time in the
history of our country - in the history of many
countries - and it is incumbent upon us, as a
community of scholars, to discuss these events
within the community and the state."
Events scheduled so far include:
10 a.m.-noon, Room 382, Student
Union: Islam and Muslims After the Attack:
Impact and Policy Implications. Panelists
will be Kathleen Moore, associate professor of
political science; Anne D'Alleva, assistant
professor of art, art history and women's
studies; and Donna Hollenberg, associate
professor of English.
1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., Room 380,
Student Union: Personal Aftermaths of
September 11: An Experiential Workshop. Led
by psychology students Carol Rodriguez and Jaimie
Kwassman, the workshop is an open discussion of
the events of September 11, and personal
reactions to the attack. It will include
1-3 p.m., Room 382, Student
Union: Feminism and Militarism, with
Naomi Rogers, Yale University.
3:30 p.m., Room 382, Student
Union: National Security, a Foreign Policy
Panel, with Betty Hanson, a professor of
political science and an expert on India; Jeffrey
Lefebvre, a Middle East expert and associate
professor of political science at the Stamford
campus; Frank Costigliola, 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 professor of history who teaches a
course on the roots of terrorism. Goodwin also
will lead a discussion about the movie The
Siege, at 9 p.m. Movie will be shown in
Video Theatre 2, Babbidge Library.
10 and 11 a.m., Room 380,
Student Union: Understanding and Dealing with
Traumatic Stress, led by George Allen, a
professor of psychology, and graduate student
Roxanne Donovan, both experts on stress
Noon, Room 382, Student Union:
Anti-Terrorist Legislation: The Implications.
Overview and Q&A, by David Yalof,
assistant professor of political science, an
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
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, a professor of history, who teaches
a course on the roots of terrorism.
Noon, Room 380, Student Union:
Biological and Chemical Terrorism, a
panel discussion featuring Robert Vinopal, a
professor of molecular and cell biology; Art
Dimock, a lecturer in chemistry; and Larry
Silbart, an associate professor of animal
2 p.m., Room 218A, Student
Union: Some Thoughts on the Role of Science
in the Aftermath of September 11, by Whitney
Tabor, an 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; Barbara
Roessner, 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, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for
Counter Terrorism, and former U.S. Consul General
Noon, Room 218A, Student Union:
Coming Out in Times of War, with Peter
Hegarty, Yale University.
2 p.m., Room 380, Student Union:
How to End Racism in our Communities, an
interactive workshop moderated by Hedley Freake,
nutritional sciences, and Khalid Al Yahya,
4 p.m., Room 218A, Student
Union: The Impact of September 11 and
Peaceful Alternatives to the Conflict, with
Gerald Sazama, a professor of economics, Karen
Chow, an assistant professor of English.
Christopher Doucot, founding member of the
Hartford Catholic Worker; Charlie Prewitt, an
emeritus professor at UConn who worked on the
Manhattan Project; Joanne Sheehan, co-founder of
the War Resister League's New England office; and
Marcia Morris, American Friends Services
8 p.m., Konover Auditorium:
Closing Session - September 11: Islam and
World Peace. Jamal Badawi, director, Islamic
Information Foundation, Halifax, Nova Scotia,