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September 10, 2002

“Human Inhumanity” the Topic of UMBC Teach-In, Sept. 12, 4-6 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. – UMBC students will turn to lessons of Ancient Greece to help put the events of September 11 in perspective. UMBC Associate Professor of Ancient Studies Jay Freyman will lead a Teach-In on “Human Inhumanity,” based on lessons learned from Thucydides' Melian Debate, on Thursday, September 12 from 4-6 p.m. in the Cabaret Room in UMBC's Commons. This event is free.

Freyman will lead a discussion on the Melian Debate, a passage frequently cited in studies of debate between nations. The excerpt of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, chronicles the conflict between the people of Athens, a large, powerful city, and Melos, a small, neutral colony.

Those participating in the Teach-In are expected to read the passage on the Melian Debate, available online.

The teach-in is a part of “UMBC Reflects and Acts,” a full slate of memorial events and teach-ins scheduled for the month of September. The commemoration began on September 11 with a Community Memorial Gathering led by UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski, followed by a candlelight vigil, a Mural of Peace and other events. Other teach-ins scheduled include a critique of American policy in the war on terrorism and an analysis of who is winning that war. The UMBC Reflects and Acts calendar is available at www.umbc.edu/9-11.

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Posted by dwinds1 at September 10, 2002 12:00 AM