JE SUIS CHARLIE
Last week’s shocking events in Paris have made us all aware of the price that can come with a free press and the challenges any liberal democracy faces today in trying to confront radical ideologies. As Grant Parsons writes in his provocative article, “a displaced, disaffected, semi-assimilated, young, angry individual is the ‘secret cell’ of the soul of the Western world… When you put together the disaffected, with the terrorist, using the glue of modern communications” it’s not surprising what we get.
To help address and put into focus some of the issues related to the Paris attacks, the International Affairs Forum is teaming up with UpNorthTV’s In Focus, produced by Dave Poinsett, to present:
“JE SUIS CHARLIE: VIOLENCE, BLASPHEMY AND FREE SPEECH”
Thursday, January 22, 8–9 p.m.
UpNorthTV Channel 189
Watch It Here Live!
In Focus hosts Kimberli Bindschatel and Anthony Weber join guests Jack Segal, retired U.S. diplomat and co-chair of the International Affairs Forum; Grant Parsons, Traverse City attorney and board member of the IAF; and Bob Giles, veteran newspaper editor and board member of the IAF, to address:
- the price of freedom of expression
- the challenge for liberal democracies in confronting radical ideologies even while protecting cherished ideals
- the role of global communication technology in giving everyone — radical or otherwise — a powerful megaphone to reach listeners around the world
The program will be rebroadcast on channel 189 Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m. through the month. The show can also be streamed at upnorthmedia.org.
“THE NEW FACE OF TERROR”
An NMC Extended Education class taught by IAF co-chair Jack Segal
January 21, 1–4 p.m. OR March 9, 6–9 p.m.
$39 each option; call NMC/EES at (231) 995-1700 for more info or to register.
The attack on Mumbai (2008) was the first terror attack to use 21st century technology to maximize its destructive impact. Employing the internet, GPS, live TV coverage, cell phones and detailed planning, a small group carried out twelve separate attacks, killed 164 victims, and brought a city of 20 million to a standstill for days. Meanwhile, the terrorist organization (Lashkar-e-Taiba) controlled the entire operation from 1400 miles away. Jack will explore the critical role that mass communications, technology and social networks played in this attack as well as recent acts of terrorism in Paris, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq.
In the months ahead, the International Affairs Forum has several events planned that will address facets of these critical issues:
- Well-known and respected expert Professor Juan Cole in April will present his new work examining How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East
- An expert on Africa, particularly Nigeria, will speak in May
- Our own Robert Giles, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and former curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, will address in June whether a “Free Press is Dangerous”