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Date: August 27, 2002 (02-48)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College to Participate In September Terrorism Forums
Meetings One Year After 9/11 Will Ask, “What Should We Do Now?”

            Montgomery College’s new Center for Community Leadership Development and Public Policy, in partnership with other community organizations, is sponsoring a series of six public policy forums entitled, “Terrorism: What Should We Do Now?”

            “This is a role people can play in influencing national policy on terrorism,” says Michelle T. Scott, Montgomery College’s director of equity and diversity, and liaison to the center for the Office of the President.  Results of the forums will become part of the National Issues Forums report to Congress, to be submitted near the end of the year.  They also will be forwarded to the Montgomery County Executive and Council, along with other government, religious, educational, and business groups.

            The forums begin September 3 at the Davis Library in Bethesda and include a meeting on each of the three Montgomery College campuses.  A complete schedule follows this article.

            “Members of the Montgomery County community are urged to participate in these forums,” says Professor Nathan Starr, Interim Director of the CCLD&PP.  “We will be providing a regional voice in the national dialogue on dealing with terrorism.”

            Similar meetings are being held at other locations around the country. “Part of the purpose is determining how Americans are talking about terrorism,” says Dr. Robert Walker, interim associate director of CCLD&PP.  Walker adds that it is particularly important to know whether people in the 9/11-stricken New York, Washington, and Western Pennsylvania areas have different views from those in other parts of the nation.  Organizers, including National Issues Forums, also want to find out how the dialogue may have changed in the year since the 9/11 attacks.  

National Issues Forums (NIF) is an independent network of civic and educational groups, using issue books as a basis for deliberative choice work in forums based on the town meeting tradition.  The Montgomery College Center is the Kettering Foundation’s Public Policy Institute for Maryland.

            The College is joining with the Montgomery County Public Libraries and the County Executive’s Committee On A Memorial for the Victims and Heroes of September 11th to present the terrorism forums.  Professor Starr notes that facilitators who studied during a June seminar at the College’s Business Training Center in Gaithersburg will be helping convene and moderate the meetings.  The June seminar was the first event sponsored by the Center for Community Leadership Development and Public Policy at Montgomery College, which was officially launched in May of this year.

The schedule for the “Terrorism: What Should We Do Now?” forums:

  • September 3, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda; call 240-777-0922.

  • September 4, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Damascus Library, 9701 Main Street, Damascus; call 301-253-5105.

  • September 5, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring; call 301-622-2492.       

  • September 17, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus, Commons Building, Student Lounge; call 240-567-7485.

  • September 18, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Campus Center, Faculty/Staff Dining Room; call 240-567-7485.

  • September 19, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Montgomery College, Germantown Campus, Globe Hall, Room 216; call 240-567-7485. 

Light snacks will be provided.

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