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CWU panel to discuss the nature and extent of terrorism in America

Be it from international sources, like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or national organizations, such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), terrorism on the home front is top of mind of many citizens across the United States, and here in central Washington.

A Central Washington University panel will explore the nature, extent, and real threat of such terrorism during a free, public presentation—the “Politics of Terrorism”—on Thursday, October 27. It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center on CWU’s Ellensburg campus.

“The threat of terrorism raises a series of questions about how we think about ‘foreign’ and ‘domestic’ threats, about the priority assigned to terrorism alongside other threats, and how we think about security,” said Paul Knepper, CWU law and justice chair, who will serve as moderator. “Is security, for example, something that deals primarily with military and policing? Does it take place exclusively at the national level or does it also concern human security, in some sense, or community safety at the local level?”

The discussion panelists will include CWU Associate Provost Anne Cubilie; Keith Champagne, associate dean for Student Development; and university professors Nelson Pichardo, sociology; and Charles Reasons, law and justice. 

The presentation is part of the university’s annual social justice and human rights series, with this year’s theme centered on the topic of migration.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,

October 21, 2016