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Panel Will Examine Impact of 9/11 in Discussion Hosted by Dickinson College

The Dickinson community gathers for a Patriot Day remembrance ceremony led by the college's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to honor of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Members of the Blue Mountain Battalion salute those lost in the attacks. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

Reflections on 911

Dickinson will host a panel of experts to discuss how 9/11 changed politics, law and everyday life in the United States. The conversation, “Reflections on 9/11 Twenty Years Later,” will take place Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. 


  • Samia Malik is co-founder of Community Responders Network and serves on the board of the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific Affairs and the board of trustees of the Islamic Center of PA. She is the recipient of many awards for her peace-making work. She is also the recipient of the 2016 SAGE award from Harrisburg Magazine and Messiah Lifeways and the Ella Frazier award from the YWCA.
  • David O’Connell is an associate professor of political science at Dickinson College. His research interests include the presidency, Congress and the role of religion in United States politics. O’Connell is a frequent media commentator on U.S. politics whose expertise has been featured by the Associated Press, C-SPAN, NBC News, The Hollywood Reporter and many other outlets.
  • Christopher Patrick '13 is a Marine Corps veteran who served three tours in Iraq as an infantryman from 2002 to 2006. He later served in the U.S. Marine Reserves from 2008 to 2009. Patrick was decorated for his service in Iraq as well as for his leadership in the Marine Reserves. At Dickinson, he majored in Middle East studies.
  • Harry Pohlman is the A. Lee Fritschler Professor of Public Policy and professor of political science at Dickinson College. Pohlman’s teaching interests include U.S. constitutional law and political and legal philosophy. His published works include “Terrorism and the Constitution: The Post-9/11 Cases,” and “U.S. National Security Law: An International Perspective,” among others.
  • Serving as moderator is David Commins, professor of history and the Benjamin Rush Distinguished Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Dickinson College, where he teaches courses on Middle Eastern history. He is the author of books on Saudi Arabia, Syria and modern Islamic thought.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of political science and military science, and the Middle East studies program.

COVID-19 information: Dickinson College requires face masks to be worn inside all college buildings.


Published September 1, 2021