Trinity University to Observe 10th Anniversary of 9/11

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Jul. 28, 2011

Trinity University to Observe 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Events to include lectures, films, discussions about the tragic date's impact on many issues

SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University's International Programs Office and Lennox Lecture Series will dedicate the semester to examining various aspects of society and culture in the decade since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Discussions will take place in many classrooms, and related events will include multiple public lectures by Trinity professors and international experts as well as a film premiere.

The Lennox Lecture Series for Fall 2011 is titled "A Decade After 9/11: Muhammad in History, Politics and Memory."  The series will include several public events:

Sept. 8 - Fred Donner, professor of Near Eastern History, University of Chicago,
"New Views of Muhammad and Early Islam," at 7 p.m. in the Coates University Center Fiesta Room.

Oct.  6 - Jonathan Brockopp, associate professor of history and religious studies, Pennsylvania State University, "Muhammad the Warrior; Muhammad the Peace-Maker; Views of Islam's
Prophet Ten Years after 9/11," at 7 p.m. in the Coates University Center Fiesta Room.

Nov. 3 - Jamal Elias, professor of religious studies, University of Pennsylvania,
"Islam and the Strength of Visual Images," at 7 p.m.,  Coates University Center Fiesta Room.

Dec. 6 - Amila Buturovic, associate professor, York University, Toronto, "Of Prophetic Ascents and Descents: Muhammad's Journeys through European Cultural Space," at7 p.m., in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.

Additionally Ruqayya Khan, associate professor of religion at Trinity, will teach a seminar course related to the series. The Lennox Lecture Series is made possible by the Martha, David, and Bagby Lennox Foundation.

The director of Trinity's International Programs Office, Robert "Rob" Huesca, who is also a communication professor, said the International Studies Colloquium is planned each year around a significant theme, and that this year, it made sense to follow them theme of  "Ten Years After: Enduring Impacts of 9/11."

"Coming on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, an examination of enduring impacts seemed in order," Huesca said, adding, "Obviously many facets of international relations were altered on that day, but so too were less obvious areas such as the arts, culture, and literature. One wonders, as well, whether or not 9/11 has fostered greater understanding or misunderstanding across religious, cultural, and political divides. Our colloquium is an attempt to reflect on a variety of issues and questions using this tragic date as a point of departure."

The lectures begin Tuesday, Sept. 6 and will explore topics such as the place of Muhammad in the world today and the journey for Muslims and Arabs living in the United States after 9/11, security, and migration. In addition, the film Three Veils will premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 with a discussion to follow by the director. 

All events are free and open to the public. Other events include:

Sep 6, 3:35-4:50 p.m., screening and discussion, AmericaEast, NH 040.

Sep 8, 7 p.m., public lecture, Muhammad in our World: Ten Years after 9/11, professor Fred Donner, U. Chicago, Fiesta Room.

Sept 13, 3:35-4:50 p.m., public lecture, The Road to and from 9/11: Was there Another Route?, professor Tom Farar, U. Denver, NH 040.

Sep 20, 3:35-4:50 p.m., public lecture, The Post 9/11 Experience for Muslims and Arabs Living in the U.S.A., filmmaker Ahmad Zahra (AmericaEast), NH 040.

Sep 21, 7 p.m., film premiere and Q&A with the director, Three Veils, Ahmad Zahra, NH 040. Sep 27, 3:35-4:50 p.m., public lecture, Post 9/11 Movements in Middle Eastern Literature, professor Sussan Siavoshi, Dept. of Political Science, NH 040.

Oct 4, 3:35-4:50 p.m., public lecture, Changes in International Education in the Post 9/11 World, professor Mary Ann Tetreault, Dept. of Political Science, NH 040.

Oct 6, 7 p.m., public lecture, Muhammad the Warrior, Muhammad the Peace-Maker: Views of Islam's Prophet after 9/11, professor Jonathan Brockopp, Pennsylvania State U., Fiesta Room.

Oct 18, 3:35-4:50 p.m., public lecture, Migration and Security a Decade after 9/11, professor Mark Miller, U. Delaware, Dept. of Political Science, NH 040.

Oct 25, 3:35-4:50 p.m., public lecture, Who Belongs?: Cultural Citizenship in Post 9/11 America, professor Arturo Madrid, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, NH 040.

Nov 3, 7 p.m., public lecture, Islam and the Strength of Visual Images, professor Jamal Elias, U. Pennsylvania, Fiesta Room.

Dec 6, 7 p.m., public lecture, Of Prophetic Ascents and Descents: Muhammad's Journeys through European Cultural Space, professor Amila Buturovic, York U., Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.

Other International Program Events

Sep 27, 7 p.m., public lecture, Performing Island: (Post)colonialism, Multiculturalism, and Cultural Production in the Contemporary Theatre of Taiwan,Dr. Peilin Liang, Ph.D. in Theatre and Dance, U. Hawaii, location TBA.

Oct 12, 7:30 p.m., public lecture, Animate Objects in Mesoamerican Art and Archaeology, professor Rex Koontz, U. Houston School of Art, Fiesta Room.

Oct 13, 5 p.m., public lecture, International Business Culture Experience in China, Joanna Clark, R&D/Sourcing Manager, Progressive International Corporation, Kent, WA, NH 040.

Oct 17, 7:30 p.m., public lecture, Case Studies in Intangible Cultural Heritage, professor Pamela Vandiver, U. Arizona, Chapman Auditorium.

Oct 27, 5-7:30 p.m., Second International Business: China and the U.S. Event, featuring faculty, student, and practitioner speakers, Great Hall. Reservations only, 999-7284.

Nov 5 & 6, South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica, Fiesta Room. Complete conference schedule:

Nov 10, 7:30 p.m., public lecture, Ancient Eurasian Women of High Status, Dr. Jeanine Davis-Kimball, Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads, Chapman Auditorium.

Nov 15, time and location TBA, public lecture, Religion, Culture and Politicization of Honor-Based Violence: A Critical Analysis of Media and Political Debates in Western Europe and North America, Gökçe Yurdakul, Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict, Humboldt University, Berlin.

Third Annual Taiwan Film Festival
All screenings start at 6:30 p.m., Chapman Auditorium
Oct 6, Cape No. 7
Oct 20, Kuei-mei, a Woman
Nov 3, Time to Live and Time to Die
Nov 17, Monga

Sponsors include the International Programs Office, the Lecturers and Visiting Scholars Committee, East Asian Studies at Trinity (EAST), Mexico, the Americas, and Spain (MAS) program, the Burr-Clark Professorship Fund, the Murchison Professorship Fund, the South West Texas Archaeology Society, the departments of Art and Art History, Business Administration, Communication, Economics, English, History, Human Communication and Theatre, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology,Religion, Sociology
and Anthropology, and professor Mary Ann Tetreault.