WELLESLEY, Mass. - In a symposium at Wellesley College
February 22 and 23, six leading experts on Islam, Central
Asia, and civil liberties will share their perspectives
and direct experiences on the war in Afghanistan and other
issues related to terrorism.
"Responses to September 11" will take place in 277 Science
Center on the Wellesley College campus on Friday afternoon
and Saturday. The event, part of the annual Wilson Lecture
series, is free and open to the public.
The schedule of panels and participants follows:
Friday, Feb. 22, 4-6 pm: "What's Fundamental About Islamic
Fundamentalism?" by Eva Bellin of Harvard's Center for Middle
Eastern Studies "The Arab World and September 11" by Kanan
Makiya, professor of Middle East Studies at Brandeis, an
Iraqi native who exiled himself from the regime of Saddam
Hussein when he wrote The Republic of Fear: The Politics
of Modern Iraq, under a pseudonym.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 am - 12 pm: "How Sacrificing the
Rights of Immigrants Will Come Back to Haunt Us All" by
David Cole, an expert on civil liberties and constitutional
law and a professor of law at Georgetown University. "What
Muslims Should Do in the Wake of Global Terrorism" by Riffat
Hassan, professor of religious studies at the University
of Louisville and founder of the International Network for
the Rights of Female Victims of Violence in Pakistan.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2 pm - 4 pm: "Dispatches on Developments
in Afghanistan" by David Filipov, a correspondent for The
Boston Globe, who is covering the war in Afghanistan. "The
Challenges and Opportunities of Reconstructing Afghanistan"
by Farshad Rastegar, head of Relief International, a humanitarian
organization that has launched a campaign to provide educational
opportunities, particularly for girls, in Afghanistan.
The most prestigious of the College's annual lectures,
the Wilson Lecture was established through the bequest of
journalist and writer Carolyn Wilson '10. Writer Katherine
Anne Porter gave the inaugural speech in 1962, and since
then, noted lecturers have included Eudora Welty, Maya Angelou,
Cornel West, Robert Coles, Toni Morrison and, most recently,
The first part of the 2002 Wilson Lecture series, held
Feb. 14, was a lecture by Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion
at Duke University, entitled "Who Speaks for Islam After