UMU Experts Lecture: Terror in France

November 17, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – On Friday, November 13, Paris, France, was targeted with several terrorist attacks that killed at least 120 people and injured at least 352 more. The world has been in mourning ever since the tragic events took place.

In order to reflect and discuss the world issues at hand, the University of Mount Union will host a UMU Experts lecture with Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor of political science and international studies, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be available.

What prompted the attacks in Paris on November 13? How vulnerable is France, and Europe as a whole, to further acts of random violence carried out by Islamic extremism in general, and ISIS in particular? What are the broader implications for France and Europe? Is there a possibility of such attacks motivating disenchanted and angry Muslim youth in Europe to move toward Radical Islam? Dr. Schortgen’s lecture is designed to cast the attacks in a broader context, looking at domestic, regional and international perspectives.

Schortgen earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science from Miami University, a Master’s degree in business administration from the National University of Singapore, a Master of Arts degree in Asia-Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Miami University

Currently, along with courses in political science and international affairs and diplomacy, Schortgen also teaches the First Year Seminar (FYS) Foundations course, “The Challenge of Radical Islam: A Clash of Civilizations?”

UMU Experts presentations are intended to give students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community an opportunity to learn about a timely or culturally relevant topic from a Mount Union faculty member in his or her area of expertise.

For more information, contact Joni Poorbaugh at (330) 823-6078.


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