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Herbert Tinsley "Terrorism: A Short Course"

Herbert Tinsley "Terrorism: A Short Course"

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
2:00pm - 3:00pm

8400 Baltimore Ave., Suite 250, College Park, MD 20740

What is terrorism? Why does terrorism occur? Who carries out terrorist attacks and who can be identified as “terrorists”? These and other fundamental questions of the field continue to haunt public and academic dialogue. Unnecessarily complex thinking and moralizing often sets the stage, making it all the more difficult to “know terrorism when we see it.” On Wednesday, June 22 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Herbert Tinsley will give a lecture at START to attempt to answer some of these difficult questions. While this lecture will not provide absolute answers to these questions, it will provide a new set of lenses through which to view the inner workings of terrorism as a concept and as an historical phenomenon. Particularly, our objective will be to consider terrorism as a tactic in the broader conflict of ideas which undergird human thought and human civilization. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated.

Herbert Tinsley is a researcher at START. Tinsley earned a master’s degree in terrorism and nonproliferation studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a diploma with honors in Modern Standard Arabic from the Defense Language Institute. Tinsley’s research interests include terrorism in the context of new religious movements, apocalyptic millenarianism, fidayin and fidayin-style attacks and identity construction in the jihadist literature.