April 30, 2002
CONTACT: Carol Anderson



YPSILANTI -- "Technology Risks, Protection and National Security" is the theme of this year's 21st Annual Spring Lecture Series hosted by Eastern Michigan University and the Michigan State Police. This series of six free forums is 7 &endash; 10 p.m. every Wednesday beginning May 8 at the EMU Corporate Education Center, Marriott at Eagle Crest. The classes are open to the public.

"This year's theme was chosen to address current events and the public's heighten sense of vulnerability and concern about terrorism," said Denise Pilato, assistant professor, EMU Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Technology.

The schedule is:

May 8: State of Michigan Home Front Security. Mike McDaniel, assistant attorney general, discusses how prepared Michigan is to deal with the threat of a terrorist attack.

May 15: Future Warfare and Terrorism. A military panel explores future threats of global warfare and terrorism and discusses awareness of possible terrorist activities.

May 22: Theories of Risk and Vulnerability. Dick Hartman, former secret service agent, and Russ Olwell and Ron Westrum of EMU discuss risk assessment and practical approaches to risk and vulnerability. They will also cite historical events regarding the current threat faced by the U.S.

May 29: Transportation Vulnerabilities. Rodney Slater, former secretary of transportation, will stress the importance of making future transportation decisions.

June 5: Information System Security. Terry Berg, assistant attorney general - Internet Crimes Against Children, and Charlene Warner, Michigan State Police, will look at how Internet technology impacts business, education and government.

June 12: Global Security. International consultants Dan and Julie Ryan of George Washington University discuss information security and global consequences.

For additional information, contact Denise Pilato, 734.487.1161.