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WFSU video: 9/11, The Heart of America, The Shadow of the Middle East

Getting ready for our next big Dinner at the Square program, we’re betting many of you are feeling a new and deeper level of regret that you missed the last one? If so, this is your lucky day. We are deeply appreciative to WFSU and FSU’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights for videotaping our September 13th forum. Barry Richard’s keynote presentation “Security, Pseudo-patriotism and the Erosion of American Liberties” is an absolute must-see! Grab some munchies, kick your feet up and find the two part video online HERE. Stay tuned in coming days for video from other recent FSU CAHR programming. Support the good work done by WFSU in this community by making a donation online HERE.

WFLA interview with retired FBI Special Agent Bob Cromwell on domestic security imperatives following 9/11

Here’s the other WFLA interview I neglected to post! Again, information about whole program online HERE.

WFLA interview with Barry Richard on balancing liberty and security

We were terribly remiss 2 weeks ago to not get two panelist interviews with WFLA up. Here’s Barry Richard, next one shortly. Find information about the program online HERE.

“Ten years time: 9/11, The Heart of America, The Shadow of the Middle East” photos are in!

Thanks to our crack photographer Bob Howard, here – for your viewing pleasure – are photos from Tuesday night’s 9/11, The Heart of America, The Shadow of the Middle East.

WFLA Morning Show interview with Dr. Parvez Ahmed

Two of our panelists for tonight’s “America and the Islamic World” on WFLA’s Morning Show – Preston Scott (doing the interviewing) and Dr. Parvez Ahmed (being interviewed). While we are sold out tonight, you can watch the program livestream at WFSU online and we still have a few spots open to join us at 7:35 for the discussion.

Liz Joyner: September 12th

The Star Spangled Banner played at the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace the morning of September 12, 2001. The same day, Le Monde blazed the headline across Europe” “Today We are All Americans.”

It would be months later before Africa’s Masai tribe learned of the tragedy when native son Kimeli Naiyomah “ in New York City on 9/11 where he had been sent to medical school to bring medicine to his people“ returned to Kenya. Speaking volumes across oceans and language and culture, the Masai then gave the most powerful nation on earth what was most precious to them: cows which they exchanged for beads to make the jewelry of the Masai to sell for aid to America.

In the days after the tragedy of September 11, in one searching conversation in a nation full of searching conversations, my brother told me he looked to the day that we captured Bin Laden, brought him back to the United States to stand trial, having given this man – who likely perpetrated the most grievous crime against America is our history an attorney to defend him. Read all »

As the day sets on this day: What shall we dust off next?

From a sermon preached at Trinity Wall Street, in the shadow of Ground Zero, on September 23, 2001:

“But the dust did not just fall in the southern tip of Manhattan. The dust fell all over the whole world on September the 11th. Not one inch of this earth is without dust. Little villages all over the world, people, religious groups, faiths of all traditions, nations — everybody is covered with the dust of the World Trade Center. None is without dust.”

The sermon asks, as perhaps we should ask now as well, “what shall we dust off next?” Read it in its entirety HERE.

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Watch it livestream on WFSU: 9/13, The Heart of America, The Shadow of the Middle East

We’re sorry to report that we’re sold out now but we’re delighted that WFSU will be live-streaming our program online and broadcasting it afterwards. We’re also delighted to offer a limited number of free seats to our second 7:30 panel discussion “America and the Islamic World: Clash or Convergence.” You must register HERE to attend.

TUESDAY, September 13th: 6 PM to 8:30 PM
CLICK HERE for WFSU’s livestream link
Also stay tuned for scheduling of the rebroadcast of the program on WFSU TV, Comcast Channel 4 and special 2 hour radio broadcast on WFSU radio, 88.9 FM

(You can get on our waiting list for a dinner ticket HERE.) Read about the program at the Tallahassee Democrat HERE. Don’t miss our next program by signing up for our monthly email newsletter HERE.

Tallahassee Democrat: Tallahasseeans plan to mark 9/11

…”The Village Square – the local bipartisan organization devoted to promoting civil discourse on political and civic affairs – will dedicate its 2011-12 Dinner at the Square series to probing the questions and issues that proliferated in the aftermath of 9/11. “The theme of this year’s series is ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It … And I Feel Fine?’said Village Square executive director Liz Joyner…” Read Kati Schardl’s piece on the how our neighbors are marking the anniversary HERE. (Photo credit)

For Immediate Release: FSU’s Human Rights Center and The Village Square to Examine the Legacy of 9/11


CONTACT: Mark Schlakman, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights
(850) 644-4614; mschlakman@admin.fsu.edu

Sept. 8, 2011


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, in partnership with The Village Square, will present “Ten Years Time: 9/11, The Heart of America, The Shadow of the Middle East,” a forum examining the effects of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks on the United States.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Barry Richard, a partner at the Greenberg Traurig law firm who was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of “the 100 most influential lawyers in America” in 2006, will address “Security, Pseudo-Patriotism, And the Erosion of American Liberties” in a keynote presentation at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Following the presentation, Mark Schlakman, senior program director for the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and coordinator of its “Human Rights and National Security in the 21st Century” lecture series, will moderate two panel discussions. The first panel will focus on domestic security imperatives with panelists Thomas Battles, regional director for U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service; Rob Davis, first assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida; and Robert LeFiles, director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Fusion Center.

The second panel, “American and the Islamic World: Clash or Convergence,” will feature Parvez Ahmed, an associate professor of finance at the University of North Florida and a frequent commentator on the American Muslim experience; Adam Gaiser, an assistant professor and Islamic-studies scholar in FSU’s Department of Religion; Mildred Duprey De Robles of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service; Rabbi Jack Romberg of Tallahassee’s Temple Israel; and radio talk show host Preston Scott of WFLA’s “The Morning Show with Preston Scott.”

The program is the kickoff event in The Village Square’s new “Dinner at the Square” season, themed “It’s the End of the World As We Know It, And I Feel Fine?” The event is the first of three programs that will examine the decade of tumultuous change that started on Sept. 11, 2001.

‘We are thrilled to be bringing the high-caliber programming that the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights offers to our “Dinner at the Square” series,’ said Liz Joyner, executive director of The Village Square. “We’re looking forward to a frank and constructive discussion on the legacy of the Sept. 11 attacks on America.”

“Ten Years Time: 9/11, The Heart of America, The Shadow of the Middle East” will be held:
5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
(2nd PANEL FROM 7:30 TO 8:30 P.M.)


The Village Square, a nonpartisan 501(c) 3 public educational forum organized by a bipartisan group of community leaders, seeks to improve the factual accuracy and civility of public discourse. Each year, The Village Square offers a new topic in its “Dinner at the Square” series in order to promote constructive engagement between neighbors of differing political ideologies.

For more information about the dinner forum, visit www.tothevillagesquare.org or call (850) 590-6646.
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THE question: Are we safer?

MSNBC is running a 3 part series Day of Destruction, Decade of War on the ten years since 9/11 which I’m watching, given our September 13th Dinner at the Square program on the very same thing.

This exchange is worth some contemplation:

Rachel Maddow: “When we look back at how we’ve changes in this last decade and we look forward to what kind of a country we want to be in the next decade, security is never going to go away as an American concern. The wounds of 9/11 are fresh, as a nation we are still both alert and concerned about the prospect that there will be another 9/11. That concern has not changed at all. But what have we learned in ten years about what works and what doesn’t work for keeping us safe?”

Richard Engle: “Well what works – it seems – is small focused pinpoint type operations, whether they’re against nuclear weapons, they’re on a city level like in New York or whether it’s like the CIA hit teams, the military hit teams that went and killed Bin Laden. That kind of thing works. What doesn’t work is a vague conceptual battle that we’re going to send in military divisions to spread democracy and fight a war against an ideology with soldiers… that kind of thing didn’t work, doesn’t work, and may have made our country less safe.”

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Everything has changed.

Last weekend, Howard Fineman – speaking on the Chris Matthews Show – articulated why we chose this year’s season topic (It’s the End of the World as We Know It, And I Feel Fine) and first Dinner at the Square (9/11, The Heart of America, The Shadow of the Middle East) like he was actually inside our heads:

“Ten years on in some respects it’s remarkable how seemingly normal things are. But they aren’t normal. They just seem normal. We’re much much more in debt than we were. It’s not just the $4 trillion that Brown university counted, we cut taxes furiously, we printed money furiously – all in an effort to keep the economy afloat, which is really what Osama Bin Laden was attacking when he attacked the world trade center. so we spent trillions of dollars to create the illusion that nothing has changed. In fact everything has changed.

And we have yet as a society, really, to examine openly and argue about how to deal with the consequences of what happened ten years ago. The American people are like that, we like to look ahead, we don’t like to pick at the entrails of the past. And because we haven’t done so, we haven’t healed. And it shows in the budget debate, the division in our society which are really driven by things that began 10 years ago but that we still don’t want to acknowledge.”

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Village Square looks at decade after 9/11

It has now been 10 years since everything changed in America over the course of just a few hours on a September morning. Since the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, we’ve been fighting two wars, reeling from the security implications of a new normal at home and abroad, and suffering from a financial meltdown. These broad changes all have taken place with precious little real conversation about the course our nation has charted. On Sept. 13, The Village Square in partnership with Florida State University’s Center for the Read all »