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Fordham Explores Moral Issues Surrounding 9/11 Responses


As the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks nears, the debate over methods of preventing future harms while preserving moral integrity has raised complex questions that touch upon issues of rights, redress and common humanity.

Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education and Center on Religion and Culture are co- hosting a conference featuring discussions by a distinguished multidisciplinary group of policy makers, theologians, legal scholars, journalists, moral philosophers and social scientists.

Moral Outrage and Moral Repair: Reflections on 9/11 and Its Afterlife, which seeks to advance public dialogue and moral understandings as the country continues to grapple with these tensions, will take place on Tuesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.

Panel topics include:

  • Religion and Terrorism: Context and Perspective: Foundational themes that will inform historical, psychological, and religious understandings of terrorism and wrongdoing.
  • Forgiveness & Moral Repair: Religion & Philosophy: An examination of the themes of forgiveness, reconciliation, justice, and hope in response and reaction to acts of evil and terrorism.
  • Responses to Terrorism: Law, Politics, and the Media: Discussion of legal, political, and media responses to terrorism and methods of preventing future harms.
  • Continuing the Conversation: Our Post-9/11 Future: A panel including all the speakers, in a format that will allow speakers to challenge, respond to, and debate one another, and include audience questions and comments.

This event is free and open to the public but prior registration is recommended.

Register online at, e-mail [email protected] or call (718) 817-0926.

–Gina Vergel


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