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Whitworth, Gonzaga faculty to discuss the decade after 9/11 on Oct. 3

September 20, 2011
What: Dean's Dialogue on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Who: Whitworth professors Kathryn Lee, Patrick Van Inwegen, and Raja Tanas and Gonzaga professor Greg Jacobsen

When: Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.

Where: Multipurpose Room in the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth University

Cost: Free admission. For more information, please call (509) 777-3702.

Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a panel of Whitworth faculty members, along with a professor from Gonzaga, will discuss the U.S.'s response to the attacks and the effects of 9/11 on the last decade in global politics.

The panel will be composed of Professor of Political Science Kathryn Lee, whose specialties include constitutional law and immigration policy; Associate Professor of Political Science Patrick Van Inwegen, who specializes in strategies in nonviolent action and trends in revolutions; Professor of Sociology Raja Tanas, whose specialties include Middle Eastern and Islamic studies; and Lieutenant Colonel Greg Jacobsen, a professor of military science in Gonzaga University's ROTC program.

Each faculty member will deliver a short opening statement, after which Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Michael Le Roy will moderate a panel discussion for 20 minutes. Following the discussion, the panelists will take questions from the audience for 20 minutes.

The purpose of the Dean's Dialogue is to provide a forum for Whitworth students and Spokane community members to consider important issues, to foster conversation that models civil discussion of differing perspectives, and to illustrate how people of faith can respectfully agree and disagree.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Gretchen Cleveland, executive assistant to the vice president, academic affairs, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3702 or

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or