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Apply Now: Summer Workshop on Teaching about Terrorism

START is happy to announce that it is working with the University of Oklahoma and the University of Georgia to support the third annual Summer Workshop on Teaching about Terrorism (SWOTT). This summer, the first workshop will be held June 4-12 at the University of Maryland, College Park; the second will be held July 10-18 at the University of Oklahoma.

SWOTT was developed by Stephen Shellman (START post-doctoral Fellow, University of Georgia) and Gregory Miller (University of Oklahoma) to: 1) offer an intensive short-course on the fundamentals of terrorism; 2) introduce professors and graduate students to new and innovative techniques utilized to teach terrorism and research terrorism; 3) strengthen the community of terrorism scholars; and 4) provide access to high-level officials working in the intelligence and counter-terrorism fields. The workshop seeks to not only acquaint participants with the current issues that dominate US foreign policy and much of the world's attention (e.g., weapons of mass destruction and state sponsorship of terrorism), but also promises exploration into the classic literature.

SWOTT already has commitments from several well-known terrorism scholars and practitioners to present during the workshops, including: Farhana Ali, RAND Corporation Victor Asal, University at Albany, SUNY Navin Bapat, Penn State University Martha Crenshaw, Wesleyan University Gerald Epstein, CSIS James Forrest, United States Military Academy Mark Giuliano, FBI Chris Harmon, Marine Corps University Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University Jennifer Holmes, UT-Dallas Wade Ishimoto, Office of US Secretary of Defense Gary LaFree, University of Maryland Assaf Moghadam, Harvard University Brigette Nacos, Columbia University David Nelson, US Department of State Ami Pedhazur, UT-Austin Todd Sandler, UT-Dallas The workshop agenda and list of speakers will be frequently updated at the SWOTT website.

Professors and advanced graduate students from all disciplines are eligible to attend. Online applications are now available and are due by April 6, 2007. The workshop fee is $150, which includes travel to either Norman, OK or College Park, MD, lodging, materials, a field trip to a counter-terror facility, instruction, and several meals (in addition to all breakfasts, snacks, and drinks, we host a welcome reception, a group dinner, and a closing banquet). There will also be a third workshop at Morehouse College for professors and graduate students at Minority Serving Institutions that the Department of Homeland Security is sponsoring this year. That deadline and application process is slightly different. Please see SWOTT website. for details.

For further information, contact the workshop staff at info@swott.com.