Charlie Hebdo Tragedy: An International Perspective

Dickinson will host a panel discussion on the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

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Dickinson will host a panel discussion on the recent terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris. The event, “Charlie Hebdo Tragedy: An International Perspective,” will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center Great Room, located at 208 West Louther Street. It is free and open to the public.

The terror attacks on the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have stirred up many different questions: Is there a line between free speech and speech that incites violence? How are Muslims treated in French society and, more broadly, in European society? What can be done to prevent future attacks? A panel composed of Dickinson faculty members will discuss the causes and consequences behind the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo staff and the related hostage incident at the Kosher supermarket in the suburbs of Paris.

Serving on the panel will be Kristine Mitchell, assistant professor of political science and international studies, who also will serve as moderator. Mitchell’s research interests focus on European and European Union politics. Other panelists include Neil Diamant, professor of Asian law and society and chair of the East Asian studies department, whose expertise includes Israel and Israeli politics; Dominique Laurent, associate professor of French, whose research focuses on the French press; and Ed Webb, associate professor of political science and international studies, who will discuss the effects the attacks have on North Africa.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Audio and video of past Clarke Forum events are available through Clarke Forum podcasts. Podcasts of numerous college speakers as well as course podcasts also are available via Dickinson's iTunes U channel.

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Published January 22, 2015