Aug. 19, 2002
Contact: Ward Mullens




YPSILANTI - The events of 9/11 made a nation mourn and left it with a sense of the unthinkable. Today, nearly a year later, many are still grappling with the aftermath of the destruction left after the collapse of the World Trade Center, the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

Eastern Michigan University will reflect on those tragic events during a conference entitled "A Brave New World: The Lasting Effects of Sept. 11." The all-day conference, scheduled Friday, Sept. 13, will include a line-up of more than 40 speakers who will address the events of 9/11 and explore the effects the tragedy has had on the country psychologically and politically, and on civil liberties. The event is free and open to the public. Dinner tickets are $25 per person.

"This conference plans to provide a lasting look at this event," said David Richard, associate professor of psychology at EMU, and co-chair of the event. "This is a very complex set of issues to deal with. In a society that values free speech, the best thing to do is talk about this."

Daniel Kaufman, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwest Missouri State, will provide the keynote at the breakfast in EMU's McKenny Union Ballroom. His speech is entitled, "Modernity, Medievalism and the Clash of Civilizations: Reflections on the One-Year Anniversary of Sept. 11."

Greg Leskin, a clinical psychologist at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, will give the dinner address on "Stress, PTSD and Terrorism: the Sept. 11th Response at the Pentagon." Leskin, who was on the emergency response team that went to the Pentagon, will present slides and talk about his experiences.

The conference concludes with a musical presentation, " EMU Remembers 9/11

In Music, Dance and Verse," 8 p.m., Pease Auditorium. EMU music faculty portray the country's struggle to move from shock and grief to hope for a better future.

For more information, call David Richard at 734.487.3228.


Opening Ceremony and Remarks, 8:30-9 a.m., McKenny Union Ballroom

Keynote Address: "Modernity, Medievalism and the Clash of Civilizations: Reflections on the One-Year Anniversary of Sept. 11, " with Daniel Kaufman, assistant professor of philosophy, Southwest Missouri State University, 9-9:30 a.m., Ballroom

Symposium: "Impact of Sept. 11, Here and Abroad," 10 &emdash; 11:50 a.m., Ballroom

Paper Session and Video: "Sept. 11 and the Arts," 10 - 10:50 a.m., Guild Hall

Symposium: "Religion, Culture and Coping," 10 - 11:50 a.m., Tower Room

Video: "World Trade Center &emdash; The First 24 Hours," 11&emdash;11:50 a.m., Guild Hall

Discussion Panel: "Military Tactics & Strategy in Afghanistan and Beyond," Noon &emdash; 12:50 p.m., Tower Room

Video: "Children and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder," Noon -12:50 p.m., Guild Hall

Symposium: "Extremist Violence and Recovery," 1-2:50 p.m., Ballroom

Symposium: "Sept. 11 and the Academy, Implications for University Life and Pedagogy," 1- 2:50 p.m., Tower Room.

Video: "9/11," 1-2:50 p.m., Guild Hall

Symposium: "Surviving Trauma: Treating Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms and Avoidance Using Exposure Therapy," 1-2:50 p.m., Faculty Room

Paper Session: "Post Sept. 11 Spirituality," 3-3:50 p.m., Tower Room

Symposium: "Civil Liberties and Legal Issues in the Wake of Sept. 11," 3-4:50 p.m., Ballroom

Paper Session: "Evil and Its Aftermath," 3 &emdash; 3:50 p.m., Faculty Room

Dinner and Invited Address: "Stress, PTSD and Terrorism: The Sept. 11 Response to the Pentagon," 5:30-7:45 p.m., Ballroom (Dinner tickets are $25 per person.)

Music Department Concert and Closing Ceremony: "EMU Remembers 9/11 in Music, Dance and Verse," 8 p.m., Pease Auditorium.