May 10, 2010

A special convocation called "National Crisis: Multiple Perspectives" has helped initiate dialogue on the Mount Union College campus regarding recent tragic events in the United States.

The convocation, held Thursday, September 13 in the Mount Union Theatre, focused on reactions to the recent disasters in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania from faculty and other members of the Mount Union community.

The panel featured faculty members from several different disciplines, including: Dr. Ivory Lyons (Religion and Philosophy), Dr. Indra De Silva (Communication), Dr. Susan Siena (Political Science), Dr. Tamara Daily (Psychology), and Dr. Mark Himmelein (Foreign Languages). Dr. Jamie Capuzza of the Communication department served as moderator.

The panel addressed the issues of national and global unity, the intense media coverage of the incident, the frequency of the World Trade Center crash footage, discrimination against Arab-speaking people or those of Middle Eastern descent, possible military responses to the terrorism, the future of our nation and the actions of our government officials and President Bush.

The audience, comprised of other concerned faculty, staff and students voiced their opinions and asked important questions. Future panel discussions are likely to be scheduled as events unfold.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (330) 823-6063

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