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    FORUM: "Think Fast"

      When May 06, 2013
      from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
      Where George Watts Hill Alumni Center
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      The Boston Marathon Bombing

      The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath — the week that started with deadly explosions and ended with a manhunt — have left us with unanswered questions about home-grown terrorism, religious extremism, the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle and political struggles as far away as Chechnya. In the wake of these events, we wonder how normal young men become “radicalized,” how journalists can hold to their professional standards against competition from social media, and how we can create community in a time of violence and extremism.

      The Forum will feature UNC experts in public policy, religious studies, history and journalism, addressing issues and questions surrounding the bombing.

      aculty participating include:

      Peter CoclanisModerator
      Coclanis is the Albert R. Newsome Professor and former chair of the history department, and serves as director of the Global Research  Institute at UNC.  Previously, he served as UNC's first associate provost for international affairs, where he provided leadership for the  University's international endeavors, serving as spokesman and overseer of international activities, and shaping the articulation and continued  development of the University's global mission.  Coclanis was born in Chicago and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.


      Jim Hefner '72
      Hefner is professor of the practice, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  He is the former vice president and general manager at  CBS affiliate WRAL-TV in Raleigh and has nearly 30 years of experience in news direction and general management at television stations in  North Carolina and Pittsburgh. He teaches electronic media management, broadcast news writing, television news reporting and production,  and leads Carolina Week, the twice-weekly student-produced newscast.  He received his M.A. from Duquesne and is a graduate of the Hearst  Management Institute.

      Louise McReynolds
      McReynolds is professor of history.  She is interested in the development of mass communications and leisure-time activities, and how these  helped to shape identities in the nineteenth century, leading up to the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. She is currently engaged in a study of how  attention to a selection of particularly sensational murders raised a number of related social and political questions. Her other interests include  film history and theory, critical theory and cultures studies, and historiography.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


      Omid Safi
      Safi is professor of Religious Studies and leads the Study of Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion. He is author of Memories of  Muhammad: Why the Prophet Mattersand Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam. Safi draws on the Sufi tradition of Islam, connected to  social justice traditions of liberation to articulate a dynamic vision of Islam striving for a life of dignity for all. His blog, "What Would  Muhammad Do?" is published by the Religion News Service. He received his Ph.D. from Duke.


      David Schanzer
      Schanzer is associate professor of the practice for Public Policy at both UNC and Duke, and Director of the Triangle Center of Terrorism and  Homeland Security, a research consortium between UNC, Duke and RTI International. In these capacities, he teaches courses on  counterterrorism strategy, counterterrorism law and homeland security.  He also serves as the director for strategy and outreach for the  Institute of Homeland Security Solutions, a North Carolina-based research consortium focused on applied social science research for homeland  security.  Schanzer is the lead author of a widely cited National Institute of Justice study on domestic radicalization – “Anti-Terror Lessons of  Muslim Americans” (2010) – and a report on “Improving Strategic Risk Management at the Department of Homeland Security,” published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.  Prior to his academic appointments, Schanzer was the Democratic staff director for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005.  He received his B.A. and J.D. from Harvard.

      The forum is free and open to the public. It will take place in George Watts Hill Alumni Center. For more information, click here.

      Sponsors: Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Center for Slavic, Eurasian & East European Studies and the General Alumni Association