INSIDE Chico State
0 October 11, 2001
Volume 32 Number 4
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico




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Up Front

Roots of Terrorism Forums

A series of forums, Understanding the Roots of Terrorism, began Oct. 2 and will continue to Nov. 13. The forums are free and open to the public.

The idea for the forums as a response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks came from the conviction of Professor Susan Place that understanding events helps formulate appropriate responses. Place is the associate dean for Graduate and International Programs.

“The university has a lot of professional expertise and accumulated wisdom, and it can take the lead in opening discussion on topics and issues related to the national tragedy and what is to come. It’s important for us to discuss these issues as a community,” said Place.

In putting together the series, Place included speakers with diverse views possessing a broad range of information and experience. “It is important that a diversity of perspectives be heard,” said Place. “I’m dismayed when it seems that we are hearing one narrow viewpoint over and over.”

The seven forums will be held on Tuesdays, 4–5 pm, in Ayres 120.

Oct. 16: Exploring Nonviolent Alternatives to War
Oct. 23: Globalization/Destabilization/Localization
Oct. 30: U.S. Foreign Policy
Nov. 6: Intercultural Communications
Nov. 13: What Can We Do?

Understanding the Roots of Terrorism Series is co-sponsored by Graduate and International Programs and Building Bridges.

Noted Intellectual Rorty Is Next Visiting Scholar

Richard Rorty, public intellectual and Stanford professor, will visit Chico on Nov. 5 and 6 as part of CSU, Chico’s Presidential Scholar’s series. Rorty is one of the best known public intellectuals in contemporary America, a former president of the American Philosophical Association, and the recipient of a five-year MacArthur Prize fellowship.

On Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 pm, Rorty will present “From Religion Through Philosophy to Literature: The Way the Western Intellectuals Went” in Performing Arts Center 134 (Ruth Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall). This lecture will be based on his book Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (Cambridge, 1989). A reception follows in the Humanities Center, Trinity 100 and 126.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 pm, Rorty will deliver “The Intellectuals and the Poor” in Performing Arts Center 144. This talk will be based on his book-length essay Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America (Harvard, 1998).

Rorty’s lectures are free and open to the public.

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