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Community Comes Together on Thursday to Discuss Syria

September 10, 2013

Beginning at 2 p.m. this Thursday (Sept. 12), the members of the campus and local community are invited to the Lantern Room in the Student Center for a series of focused conversations under the umbrella theme Coming to Terms with Syria – Tending the Global Commons to explore what is at stake in Syria as well as what is at stake for us as a people.

Prof. Patrick Dolenc (Economics) will join colleagues Dr. Armagan Gezici (Economics) and Dr. William Bendix (Political Science) to lead the first dialogue at 2 p.m. on what is happening in Syria how U.S. citizens are responding.

At 4 p.m., Dr. Brian Kanouse (Communication) and the KSC Debate Club will be in the Lantern Room to host the second session after the focusing remarks from professors Gezici and Bendix. At 6 in the Lantern Room, Dr. James Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, will host a conversation that will feature Roy Gutman, the Istanbul-based Europe Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers. Gutman has served as McClatchy's Baghdad bureau chief and foreign editor, and he has been diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek and director of American University's Crimes of War Project. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1993 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he provided the first documented reports of concentration camps.

Mr. Gutman will be joining us digitally, via Skype, either from his base in Istanbul or from Syria (depending on safety concerns) to offer first-hand testimony of what’s unfolding on the ground in Syria. Visitors are welcome to bring their evening meal into the Lantern Room for Mr. Gutman’s presentation and the discussion that ensues.

Following Mr. Gutman's conversation, Dr. Henry Knight, Director of the Cohen Center, will host a conversation in the round with Prof. Waller and James Rousmaniere, former editor of the Keene Sentinel, to explore what we know about the circumstances in Syria, and the options available to us as responsible and engaged global citizens.