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10th anniversary of Sept. 11

2011-09-15

Queen’s University has two experts who can talk about issues related to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

10 years later – is it time to move on?

Some people are wondering if after 10 years Americans are finished mourning. Others will ask if America is ready to forgive the 9/11 attacks. Dr. Jill Scott – who researches mourning and reconciliation – is available to talk about feelings of revenge and forgiveness related to the terrorist attacks.

Dr. Scott (a professor in the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture) says mourning involves grieving a loss. Accepting that loss, even to a certain degree, is a type of forgiveness.

“Forgiveness can seem like a miracle, but it is rarely a one-time event. Rather, forgiveness is a process, like mourning, that takes place over many, many years. Research has shown that people who forgive are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, and that making forgiveness a daily habit can make us happier and healthier,” says Dr. Scott.

Dr. Scott (the author of A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Wrongdoing), can speak to the paradoxes of mourning, where the strong emotions of grief can bring people together and even promote reconciliation and forgiveness, or—as in the case of Sept. 11—fuel hatred and the desire for revenge.

 

Government surveillance vs. individual privacy

Sociology professor David Murakami Wood can talk about whether governments have struck the right balance between pursuing terrorists and protecting our privacy rights. He feels agencies and politicians have been able to use Sept. 11 as a way to increase surveillance and erode people's privacy.

Dr. Murakami Wood is a member of The Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University and is also managing editor of Surveillance & Society, the international journal of surveillance studies.

(Please Note Dr. Murakami Wood is not available on Aug. 31.)

 

To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at michael.onesi@queensu.ca, 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, or Christina Archibald at christina.archibald@queensu.ca, 613.533.2877 Queen’s News and Media Services.

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