Conference Discusses Changes to Academia Since September 2001

Posted on: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Brent Treash

September 11th and the AcademySeptember 11, 2001 was, according to then President George W. Bush, “the day that changed everything.”

A conference to be held Nov. 6-7 at Emory & Henry College takes this statement and turns it into a question directed toward academia.

The goal of this conference is to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation about the influence that 9/11 has had on the humanities; visual and performing arts; and the social, physical, and natural sciences. Mark Finney,
E&H Mass Communications professor

Alice Greenwald, the director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, will keynote the conference, which seeks to bring together scholars of all levels to discuss the states of their fields.

“The goal of this conference is to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation about the influence that 9/11 has had on the humanities; visual and performing arts; and the social, physical, and natural sciences,” said Dr. Mark Finney, a professor of Mass Communications at Emory & Henry. Finney and Dr. Matthew Shannon of Emory & Henry will convene the conference.

Change: The Impact of post-9/11

The conference will take up some 30 topics, including the following: “American Empire and Ancient History after 9/11,” “Growth and Uncertainty: The Impact of 9/11 on Security and Intelligence Studies,” “Islam and African Studies since 9/11,” “Studying Presidential Efforts to Spin Old and New Media in a post-9/11 World,” and “Change – The Impact of post-9/11 on the Preparation of Teachers for our Nation’s Schools.”

The event begins Friday, Nov. 6, with a panel discussion on undergraduate research on 9/11 beginning at 4 p.m. 

Greenwald will deliver the keynote address beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Visitors Lounge of the Van Dyke Center. Her speech is entitled “Throught the Lens of Memory; Creating the 9/11 Memorial Museum.”

On Saturday, Nov. 7, panel discussions related to history, security and international studies will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the third Floor of Byars Hall in the Hermesian and Calliopean rooms.

A second round of panel discussions will start at 10:30 a.m. in the same location. They will address topics related to representation and public engagement.

After a noon lunch, a third round of panel discussions will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will deal with education, training and service learning.

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