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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU International Center to Host Guest Speakers to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

September 7th, 2011

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430, BasiC@missouri.edu

WHAT:  The MU International Center, along with the Transatlantic Center and Canadian Studies Program, will host two guest speakers to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Kristiaan Versluys, director of education at Ghent University in Belgium, will present a lecture “9/11: The Discursive Responses.” Versluys’ lecture will focus on his most recent book “Out of the Blue: September 11 and the Novel,” which examines how novelists have dealt with 9/11 in recent literature. Versluys will be accompanied by Sam Cohen, MU associate professor of English.

Brian Herman, of the Canadian Consulate in Chicago, will discuss Canada’s response to 9/11 in his lecture “A Decade of Evolving Partnership: The Canada-U.S. Relationship from 9/11 to Today.” Herman will show a documentary featuring prominent Canadians sharing messages of support for the American public on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. He also will reflect on the relationship between Canada and the United States as friends and allies over the last 10 years.

WHO:  Kristiaan Versluys, director of education at Ghent University in Belgium, and Brian Herman of the Canadian Consulate in Chicago.

WHEN & WHERE:  
Professor Versluys’ Lecture:
3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7  
Fred W. Smith Forum
Reynolds Journalism Institute

Consul Brian Herman’s Lecture:
3-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8
Fred W. Smith Forum
Reynolds Journalism Institute

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