MCLA to host terrorism discussion panel Monday


NORTH ADAMS >> Three professors and an international policy expert — and anyone else interested in joining them — will convene Monday for a discussion of terrorism and recent events at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation.

According to one of the panelists, David Cupery, professor of political science, the panel discussion will inform attendees on the topic and provide a place for civil discourse on a topic that has generated a wide range of views and opinions.

"This is an issue that can influence public policy and the upcoming presidential election," Cupery said. "And there are a lot of extreme views and misconceptions out there. So we hope to see people with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives — it will be a chance for us to learn a few things as well."

The panel discussion, "Making Sense of the Senseless," will touch on the recent attacks in France and Lebanon, the Islamic State, and contemplate the potential responses.

On the panel will be political science faculty members Cupery, Robert Bence, and J. Benjamin Taylor. Adam Hinds, a locally based international policy expert who worked for the United Nations in the Middle East for 10 years, also will be on the panel. Today he is program coordinator of the Pittsfield Community Connection.

After each panelist gives a short presentation, an open discussion will ensue. Their presentations will touch on historical and theoretical perspectives on Islamic State beginnings and strategies; Islam and western liberalism, ideology and religion; relevant United States foreign policies; as well as the role of the media, national identity and public opinion.

Recent terror attacks across the globe also will be topics of interest.

The panel convenes at 7 p.m. Monday, in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation Auditorium on Blackinton Street in North Adams, room 121.

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