Oct. 10 forum ‘Syrian Conflict: What’s to be Done?’ explores critical issues arising from the conflict

October 4, 2013

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Syrian Conflict: What's to be Done?

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host a panel discussion and forum entitled “Syrian Conflict: What’s to be Done?” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Lundeen Lecture Hall, 103 Doudna Hall.

Sponsored by UW-Platteville’s Social and Environmental Justice program and Students for Peace and Justice, a UW-Platteville student organization, the forum will feature four panelists who are UW-Platteville faculty members, including Dr. Travis Nelson, associate professor of political science, Dr. David Rowley, professor of history, Dr. Shan Sappleton, assistant professor of political science, and Dr. Nancy Turner, professor of history. Elizabeth Renning, a sophomore elementary education major and social and environment justice minor from Hartland, Wis., is the president of Students for Peace and Justice and will serve as moderator for the event.

Panelists will discuss and explore the current status of the conflict in Syria and amongst the Syrian people, the context of the conflict within the broader Middle East, Russia’s role and interest in the situation, the question of and legislation surrounding chemical weapons, and much more.

“This timely forum will help students, faculty and community members better understand the critical events that are transpiring in Syria and how complicated and volatile the situation is,” said Nelson. “In our discussion, we will explore many of the thorny ethical and other issues surrounding this conflict as well as discuss how we are responding not only as individuals, but as a nation and as a global community.”

A question and answer period will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Travis Nelson, Department of Social Sciences, (608) 342-1809, nelsontra@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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