Monday April 2, 2007

America at a Crossroads

Three terrorism experts will speak at UD as part of the PBS "America at a Crossroads" series. PBS and its affiliates are hosting free, public panel discussions in several U.S. cities to complement the series that will air April 15-20.

Three terrorism experts will speak 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the University of Dayton's Boll Theatre as part of the PBS "America at a Crossroads" series.

PBS and its affiliates are hosting free, public "America at a Crossroads" panel discussions in several U.S. cities to complement the series that will air April 15-20. Dayton's ThinkTV will sponsor the UD panel discussion titled "Impact of the War on Terrorism."

Speakers include:

Mark Ensalaco, associate political science professor and Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences at the University of Dayton: Ensalaco is the author of A History of Middle East Terrorism: From Black September to September 11. He teaches classes on political violence and terrorism. Reuters and the Associated Press, among others, have interviewed Ensalaco about various terrorism topics. His comments also have appeared in Forbes, The Washington Post, Guardian, Newsday, ABCNews.com and others. Voice of America, CNN Español, CNN Headline News, and FOX News have interviewed Ensalaco regarding a variety of other international issues.

Martha Crenshaw, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor of Global Issues and Democratic Thought, and professor of government at Wesleyan University: Crenshaw is a lead investigator with the U.S. Department-funded National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism. Her current research focuses on why the U.S. is the target of terrorism, the distinction between "old" and "new" terrorism and how campaigns of terrorism come to an end. Crenshaw chairs the American Political Science Association Task Force on Political Violence and Terrorism.

Donna Schlagheck, professor and chair of political science, Wright State University: Schlagheck specializes in U.S. foreign policy, terrorism, international politics and the United Nations. She also teaches classes on authoritarianism and wrote International Terrorism.

Ensalaco will discuss international law and whether the U.S. can abandon it when the enemy already has abandoned it. Crenshaw will examine President George W. Bush's strategy. Schlagheck's talk is "The Patriot Act: Too High a Price."

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