AUSTIN, Texas—A two-day symposium on Information and the War on Terrorism will be held at The University of Texas at Austin’s Bass Lecture Hall Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. The event, sponsored by the Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program, is free and open to the public.
The symposium will address a wide variety of information-related issues in a spirit of democratic openness with attention given to multiple perspectives. The first part of the symposium, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Friday, will open with remarks by Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of The University of Texas at Austin. Speakers will include George Friedman, chief executive officer of Stratfor, and Professor David Gracy of the university’s School of Information.
The symposium continues at 8:45 a.m., Saturday with speakers and panelists, including Admiral Bobby Inman of the university’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs; William Harrell, executive director of the Texas American Civil Liberties Union; Professor Gary Chapman of the LBJ School of Public Affairs; Professor Philip Doty of the university’s School of Information; Professor Karin Wilkins of the College of Communication; Emily Donahue, news director at KUT-FM radio; Judy Matthews, physics-astronomy librarian in the Biomedical and Physical Sciences Library at Michigan State University; Richard Wiggins, senior information technologist in the computer laboratory at Michigan State University; and Chris Shivley, chief editor of the Houston Chronicle’s international desk. Concluding remarks will be by Dr. Andrew Dillon, dean of the School of Information.
The speakers will be from a broad variety of disciplines and backgrounds, including law, journalism, Middle Eastern Studies, communications, public policy, film, and library and information studies. Each speaker will address a different aspect of the complex relationship between information and the war on terrorism. Topics will include the media and the war on terrorism, the archiving of the war on terrorism and issues concerning freedom of speech during the war on terrorism.