Pitt-Bradford’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Symposium Series will
hold a discussion on “The ‘Syrian Situation’: Military, Socio-Religious and
Humanitarian/Political Perspectives” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Rice
Auditorium of Fisher Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Speakers for the panel are Col. Wes
Martin (U.S. Army -- Ret.), former senior antiterrorism/force protection
officer for Iraq Coalition Forces; Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor of
criminal justice at Pitt-Bradford; and Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan, assistant
professor of political science at Pitt-Bradford.
There will be a question-and-answer session.
“Syria is not an isolated
situation,” Martin said. “What is happening will have long-term consequences
for the entire Middle East and the world. Iran is supporting government
brutality while Saudi Arabia is supporting recently arrived Sunni extremists.
The citizens of Syria are picking up the tab. The United States and Russia have
become part of the problem, not part of the solution.”
De Vries-Jordan said, “The
international community needs to attend to the humanitarian crisis that has
emerged in Syria and bordering states. Millions of Syrians have become refugees
or are internally displaced, with inadequate access to shelter, food, water,
sanitation, healthcare, and security, and are vulnerable to malnutrition,
illness, violence and human trafficking as winter nears. The United Nations
Refugee Agency and international non-governmental organizations are
dramatically underfunded and in urgent need of financial support by states in
the international community and the global public, to help provide appropriate
humanitarian relief to displaced Syrians.”
This is De Vries-Jordan’s first year
teaching at Pitt-Bradford. Previously, she has taught at Gettysburg College,
Eastern Connecticut State University and North Carolina State University School
of Public and International Affairs. Her most recent research interests include
protests surrounding globalization and climate change and media coverage of the
conflicts in Sudan.
Gaskew teaches a variety of courses at
Pitt-Bradford, including International and Global Crime, Terrorism in a
Post-9/11 World, and Islam and Social Justice. He is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow,
an FDD Terrorism Fellow, a Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Research Team
Member, and board president of the Consortium for Educational Resources on
Islamic Studies. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Egypt and Israel
examining the Muslim Brotherhood and structural and political violence.
For more information, contact Dr.
Michael Klausner, associate professor of sociology and director of the
symposium series, at 814-362-7627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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