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From The Argives: September 11, 2001 at Wesleyan

“What can we do as a community in this time of crisis and uncertainty? The most important thing, perhaps, will be to learn from each other.” —President Bennet

Here’s what the Argus looked like the week of September 11, 2001—shocked, singularly focused, teeming with questions and grief. The bold header is striking and clear: “UNIVERSITY STUNNED BY ATTACKS.”

There was the candlelight vigil outside North College Tuesday night, where President Douglas Bennet ’59 spoke (“We are together as a community because we need to sustain each other in a time of loss,” he said) and Dean Mike Whaley opened up the microphone to any student who wished to speak. There was the afternoon forum on Wednesday, featuring words by Professor Khachig Tölölyan among other faculty. There were the “where I was when I heard” anecdotes, the firsthand accounts by alumni survivors, the blood drives, the faculty panel. One article sought to summarize how other colleges were adjusting their schedules—especially those with campuses in New York. At Wesleyan, classes moved forward, with extreme flexibility. “Holding classes will provide us all with an opportunity to gather in small groups,” wrote the University’s administration, “and is preferable to the alternative of our students remaining isolated.”

President Bennet wrote a Wespeak. “We have an unusual opportunity to see past stereotypes, identify and diminish our own prejudices, and experience a complex world through the sensitivities of others,” Bennet urged.

Asst. Gov. Prof. Chenoweth guestposts on “The Monkey Cage”

In light of the Middle Eastern revolutions, Wesleyan Gov. professor and professional badass Erica Chenoweth wrote a guest-post a couple of days ago in the political science blog The Monkey Cage, arguing for non-violent conflict studies to be considered a primary (or at least, an important) dimension in security studies. She was later quoted in political commentator Andrew Sullivan‘s blog, The Daily Dish.

Now, in case you didn’t know, Chenoweth is the head honcho of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR) here at Wesleyan, which she started in 2008. (For more information on the program, go here. Also, PTIR is looking for research interns this summer, and the deadline for applications is tomorrow. For that, go here.) Prof. Chenoweth is also a mad-cool person, and you should drop by her office and say hi.

She’s also an affiliate of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), an independent non-profit (and apparently apolitical) organization that seeks to promote the study and practice of nonmilitary and nonviolent strategies in achieving political and social goals. On a related note, ICNC Senior Advisor Hardy Merriman was here this past Tuesday to give a poli-sci breakdown of the Egyptian protests. It, too, was mad-cool. Happy second-last day prior to Spring Break!

[Thanks to Shoutbox Poster for the tip!]