Utah Valley University is hosting a special symposium, titled “Terrorist Violence and Free Expression: France and Charlie Hebdo,” featuring UVU experts Gregory Jackson, Michael Minch and John Macfarlane, as well as Salt Lake Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley will be held Jan. 26 in the Sorensen Student Center 206 b&c, beginning at noon and including four hour-long presentations.
Terrorist violence has deeply impacted the United States and other Western nations in the twenty-first century, leaving many with questions regarding its root causes and strategies for response; the recent deaths of 12 French citizens at the hands of religious extremists highlights the urgency of this challenge.
The goal of the symposium is to give those in attendance a greater understanding of Islam’s deep roots in France, the significance of the attack on the staff of “Charlie Hebdo,” the importance and limits of free speech and the potential outcomes of different responses, said Jackson, a lecturer in the University’s Integrated Studies Department and a specialist in the history of France.
“If we fail to recall that France ruled Algeria for 132 years — from 1830 until as recently as 1962 — we fail to see the complex connection of France to Muslim North Africa, and the long history of Islam in modern France,” said Jackson. “Because of this, no modern Western nation can offer as many historical insights on the co-existence and the tensions of Islam and Western societies.”
The symposium includes the following presentations:
- Noon — “Counter-Terrorrism: The Role of Ideology and Violence in the Paris Attacks,” presented by John MacFarlane, an academic adviser in the University’s History & Political Science Department - 1 p.m. — “Je suis Charlie et je suis Ahmed: 185 Years of Islam in France,” presented by Gregrory Jackson - 2 p.m. — “Provocation and Murder: Reflections on Direct and Indirect Violence,” presented by Michael Minch, director of the University’s Peace & Justice Studies Department - 3 p.m. — “From Paris to Provo: Cartooning and Terrorism,” presented by Pat Bagley, a nationally recognized and syndicated political cartoonist - 4 p.m. - Panel Discussion with John MacFarlane, Gregory Jackson, Michael Minch, and Pat Bagley
The symposium is co-hosted by the University’s Integrated Studies and Peace & Justice Studies; for more information contact Jackson (email@example.com or 801-863-8970) or Minch (MMinch@uvu.edu or 801-863-7482).
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