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September 26, 2001

ULM'S Chautauqua Nexus discusses terrorist attacks on America

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Chautauqua Nexus presents a new format this Friday to discuss the terrorist attacks in America. A panel comprised of various professionals from the community will be on hand to talk about different aspects of the attacks. The forum will be a dialog on terrorism designed to help people better understand the current situation through patience, knowledge and solidarity.

Members of the panel to discuss "Terrorism, War and Peace," include ULM Political Science Professor J.J. St. Marie, an expert on the Middle East; ULM Economics Professor John Scott, who will talk about the economics of terrorism; Monroe Business Man Morris Mintz, Israeli-U.S. Relations; a Louisiana State Police expert on domestic terrorism, Mahmoud Khalil, the Immam of the Islamic Center of Northeast Louisiana; Larry Stafford, Methodist Minister; Anita Sharma, ULM Sociologist Professor speaking on cultural diversity; and Bette Jo Kauffman, ULM Mass Communications Professor. Each member of the panel will have time to talk and there will be time for a question and answer session. The panel will be under the direction of moderators, ULM English Instructor Ed Brinson, and ULM Social Psychologist Joe McGahan.

There will also be a secondary panel of people on hand if anyone has further questions. The members of this panel are as follows: ULM student Kevin Oliver, specializing in the semantics of terrorism; Aptha Murthy, representing the international students; ULM International student Mulam Orflay, an expert on the Koran, and counselor from the university. A member of ULM's administration will make closing remarks. Friday's Chautauqua meets in the auditorium of the Student Union Building Friday, Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m.

ULM's Student Government Association will be on hand distributing ribbons. Food and music will also be part of the event. This will be the first in a series of forums discussing terrorism in America.

These weekly meetings are informal conversations attempting to connect people of all ages who are interested in intellectual and cultural exchanges. The Chautauqua group meets every week on the second floor of the Student Union Building on the ULM campus (unless otherwise noted) beginning at 4:30 on Fridays or Saturdays. There are no requirements and everyone is invited to come. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Visitors are welcome to make a small donation for foods.

All media welcome.

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