№ 320/2011 from Oct 18, 2011
The attacks on the U.S.A. on September 11, 2001, and the consequences will be the focus of a lecture series held during the coming months at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. To kick off the series on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, there will be a screening of the film "Human Terrain: When Academics Go to War" and a discussion with the co-director James Der Derian from Brown University, currently a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. The series is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission. Most of the events will be exclusively in English. They will take place Wednesdays, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Institute.
The 11th of September, 2001, is etched deeply into the minds of many people. The attacks with airplanes in Washington, D.C. and New York, the crash of a plane in Pennsylvania, the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and the attack on the Pentagon had far-reaching consequences in the United States and other countries. The indefinite "war on terror" announced by the Bush administration led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that are still not finished. Fundamental rights in the United States were restricted through the Patriot Act and many other laws. The torture of prisoners and the existence of special prisons such as the one at Guantanamo triggered fierce criticism from home and abroad. With the Department of Homeland Security, a new authority was created that was to be used among other things to ward off the danger of terrorism. International cooperation in data exchange began to occur with unprecedented intensity. The consequences of September 11, however, are not only political, military, or legal in nature. They extend to all aspects of American culture and society.
Ten years after the attacks, the John F. Kennedy Institute aims to take a multi- and interdisciplinary view of September 11, 2001, and its consequences. In addition to representatives from the six disciplines of the institute – literature, culture, history, political science, economics, and sociology – numerous guests from the United States and Canada will give presentations.
Dr. Andreas Etges, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-52474, Email: email@example.com