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Why Terrorism? Panel Engages Campus Community

April 24, 2013

In the difficult aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Lasell community gathered on Wednesday afternoon to reflect on the roots of terrorism and the role of the media and the public in it.

"Why Terrorism?," a discussion moderated by Rev. Tom Sullivan, director of Lasell's Center for Spiritual Life, featured professors Joseph Aieta III (Humanities), Richard Bath (Fashion), Paul DeBole (Political Science), Dana Janbek (Communications) and Lori Rosenthal (Psychology) each approaching the topic from his/her particular academic discipline.

Commenting on the what she termed "the good, the bad and the ugly" coverage of America's first fully interactive national tragedy of the social media age, Janbek cautioned against the impulse "to use immigrants as scapegoats for societal problems" and challenged the public to ponder "what important questions the media did not cover."

Other panelists also spoke and took quesitons from the audience.

Members of the Counseling Center remained in Yamawaki Auditorium after the program for anyone interested in speaking with them.

 

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