The 10-year shadow of 9/11

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The lingering effects of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001 on the nation’s First Amendment freedoms and on American society will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the John Seigenthaler Center, 1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville.

There will be a brief reception after the discussion, the inaugural event of an innovative new academic program series and partnership between Vanderbilt University’s Office of Active Citizenship & Service and the First Amendment Center.

The Interdisciplinary Roundtable Series is a critical-inquiry series exploring issues of topical concern to the Vanderbilt community from perspectives across the academic disciplines, convening once each semester.

There is no charge for admission to the Sept. 13 program, and the public is invited as well as Vanderbilt students and faculty.

The first Roundtable Series panel will feature three Vanderbilt faculty members:

  • Richard McGregor, associate professor, Department of Religious Studies
  • Dana Nelson, Gertrude Conaway Professor of English and American studies
  • Thomas Schwartz, professor of history

Gene Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, will moderate the discussion.

The John Seigenthaler Center is located at the intersection of 18th Avenue South and Edgehill Avenue, Nashville, on the east side of the Vanderbilt campus. The Seigenthaler Center is home to the First Amendment Center, the Diversity Institute and the Nashville offices of the Freedom Forum.

Limited parking is available on the ground floor of the parking garage across 18th Avenue South from the Seigenthaler Center. Street parking also is available nearby.

The First Amendment Center, with offices at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C., is an operating program of the Freedom Forum and is associated with the Newseum and the Diversity Institute. The center’s programs provide education and information to the public and groups including First Amendment scholars and experts, educators, government policy makers, legal experts and students. The center is nonpartisan and does not lobby or litigate.

The mission of the Office of Active Citizenship & Service at Vanderbilt University is to create a culture for exploration and learning followed by critical reflection and action for the common good.

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Brian J. Buchanan

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