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November 15, 2004
Volume 40, Number 4

'Terror and Human Rights' explored
Symposium features Washington Post editor

Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll, managing editor of the Washington Post, will present the keynote address at this year’s UNM International Symposium. Coll will present, “The Politics of Terrorism,” on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in SUB Lobo Rooms A and B. UNM President Louis Caldera will introduce Coll.

The talk will be followed by a public reception, free and open to the public.

Coll has been a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor at the Washington Post since 1985. In 1990, Coll and David A. Vise won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for a series of articles on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In the 1990s, Coll covered South Asia and other international regions including the Middle East. His dispatches won him the 1992 Livingston Award for outstanding international reporting on South Asia and the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy International Print Award for reporting on the civil war in Sierra Leone.

He traveled from Kazakhstan to Panama to report and write for the Post on subjects such as nuclear proliferation, money laundering, terrorism, the international economy, political changes in the post-Cold War world, and news events from Asia, the Balkans, Northern Ireland and Africa.

In 1998, he was appointed managing editor of the newspaper.

Coll is the author of five books, his most recent, “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,” was published by Penguin Books in February.

The address is part of a weeklong UNM symposium, “Terror and Human Rights,” organized by the Office of International Programs and Studies.

“The program includes several panel discussions with faculty members, students and community representatives, as well as the annual UNM International Festival, which features food, crafts and entertainment presented by international students and student organizations,” said Ken Carpenter, associate director, Office of International Programs and Studies.

Symposium events include:

Monday, Nov. 15

¨ Noon – 2 p.m. Panel: UNM Students and Community Members Speak Out: Human Rights and Regional Challenges for the 21st Century, moderated by Susi Knoblauch, UNM International Programs and Studies. Panelists: Bettina Ide, Alfredo Schwarz, Bhavana Upadhaya, Vanessa Galinda-Sanchez, Tariq Khraishi, Miriam Adams and Funme Abosede; SUB Acoma Room.

¨ 4 – 6 p.m. Panel: International Terror and Human Rights, moderated by Carole Nagengast, UNM Anthropology Department chair. Panelists: Alok Bohara, economics, the Insurgency in Nepal; Melissa Bokovoy, history, Terror and Human Rights in the Balkans; SUB Lobo B.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

¨ Noon – 2 p.m. Panel: The Impact of the War on Terror on the Human Rights of Civilians and Non-Civilians – from Guantanamo Bay to Central Africa. Speakers: Law school faculty Jennifer Moore, Norman Bay, Elizabeth Rapaport, UNM School of Law forum.

¨ 4 – 6 p.m. Panel: The War on Terrorism and Human Rights in the U.S. Panelists: Ken Carpenter, International Programs and Studies, Peter Simonson, New Mexico ACLU, SUB Lobo B.
Wednesday, Nov. 17 ¨ 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. International festival: Food, crafts and entertainment representing many countries, provided by UNM international students and student organizations, Johnson Gym.

Thursday, Nov. 18 ¨ Noon – 2 p.m. Talk: Terror, Bio-Terrorism and Public Health, Dr. Paul Roth, Dean of the UNM School of Medicine Health Sciences.

¨ 5:30 – 7 p.m. Keynote address: The Politics of Terrorism, Steve Coll, managing editor of the Washington Post and author of “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.” Welcome remarks and introduction by UNM President Louis Caldera, SUB Lobo A & B.

¨ 7-8 p.m. Reception for Steve Coll, SUB Lobo A & B.

Friday, Nov. 19

¨ Noon – 2 p.m. Agents of Atrocity
Neil Mitchell, UNM Professor and author of “Agents of Atrocity: Leaders, Followers, and the Violation of Human Rights in Civil Wars.” Discussant: Ken Roberts, UNM Political Science Dept., SUB Lobo B.