UT to hold symposium on ISIS terrorist attacks, Syrian refugees Dec. 3

December 2, 2015 | Events, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, Law
By Christine Billau

In response to the overwhelming amount of questions and concerns raised by students about the recent terrorist attacks and ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, The University of Toledo will hold an additional symposium Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Auditorium Room 2100.

“Our community has been riveted and horrified by the stories and images coming out of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Mali,” Dr. Joel Voss, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, said. “The brazen attacks raise a number of issues for communities here in the U.S. and across the world.”

The panel hosted by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies will feature Voss; Dr. Asma Abdel Halim, associate professor and interim chair for the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Dr. Fatima Al-Hayani, retired professor of Middle Eastern studies; and Benjamin G. Davis, professor of law and member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

“The discussion will resonate with not only students, but residents across northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan,” Abdel Halim said. “The panel also will address several specific topics, including what is motivating terrorist groups and whether we can make a paradigm shift in how we think about the victims.”

This free, public event is a follow-up to UT’s teach-in last month that tackled a wide range of issues, including the fears of resettling Syrian refugees.

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