Think Fast Forum: The Boston Marathon Bombing

DSC_0398The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath—the week that started with deadly explosions and ended with a manhunt— left us with unanswered questions about home-grown terrorism, religious extremism, the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle, the legal system, and political struggles as far away as Chechnya.   UNC faculty met on May 6 for a Think Fast Forum to discuss these issues.  Global Research Institute Director Peter Coclanis moderated the panel, with participants Tamar Birckhead (School of Law) Jim Hefner (School of Journalism and Mass Communication), Louise McReynolds (Dept. of History), David Schanzer (Public Policy, Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security), and Omid Safi (Dept. of Religious Studies).  The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations is proud to have sponsored this Think Fast Forum with the General Alumni Association and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.  Watch the video of the panel discussion here.