Mercyhurst College hosts roundtable discussion in aftermath of terrorist attack in New York, Washing

The Erie community is invited to a roundtable discussion of terrorism and the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College.

Eleven faculty members will give short presentations after an opening prayer that will be for Muslims, Jews and Christians. After the discussion, at 10 p.m., there will be a candlelight prayer service around the Munson Plaza water sculpture that is just outside the Performing Arts Center.

Faculty participating in the Thursday evening discussion will be:

Dr. Robert Cisek, associate professor of business

Dr. Randy Clemons, associate professor of political science and director of the political science department

Dr. Rebecca Davenport, staff psychologist

Dr. Thomas Donahue, associate professor of philosophy

Dr. John Golden, assistant professor of economics

Dr. Frank Hagan, professor of sociology/criminal justice and director of the graduate administration of justice program

Robert Heibel, director of the Research/Intelligence Analyst program and former FBIagent.

Dr. David Livingston, assistant professor of religious studies

Dr. Brian Ripley, assistant professor of political science

Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder, professor of religious studies and director of the philosophy and religious studies department

James Snyder, assistant professor of philosophy

Dr. Ludlow Brown, a professor of philosophy at the college, said the idea behind the Thursday evening discussion will be information and reasoned discussion of an event new to those living in the United States.

“We had already been approached by students and talked to colleagues, and there were so many questions to be answered, we felt we needed to do something,” said Brown. “We felt that as educators, we have a responsibility to our students and the community to have a forum where we can talk about the situation and ask questions about what happens next.”

Brown said the college hosted a similar forum in the early 1990s when the announcement came that the United States was entering into a war with Iraq.

“We feel that if there is any place where we should be discussing what we ought to be doing, it is at a college,” said Brown. “This event will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to try and get their mind around the events can do that.”

The event is being sponsored by Mercyhurst Student Government and Campus Ministry.

For more information on events being held at Mercyhurst College, please call the college information hotline that has been established for the week, 824-2003.

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