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SFSU terrorism classes to meet on Sept. 11




Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Tuman can be reached at (415) 338-1813 (work), (510) 834-2294 (home), (510) 326-5254 (cell), or Fischer can be reached at (415) 405-0325 (work), (415) 661-8543 (home) or

Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs

Students explore Al-Qaeda, covert warfare; analyze President Bush's speeches, bin Laden's messages; redefine terrorism as form of communication in classes created in response to attacks

SAN FRANCISCO, September 10, 2002

WHAT: San Francisco State University students are studying the most devastating terrorist attack on American soil through several classes this fall, two of which meet Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The newest course, "The Rhetoric of Terrorism," looks at terrorism as a form of rhetorical communication. In the four-unit course, students analyze public discourse on terrorism, from President Bush's speeches after the attacks and Osama bin Laden's video messages to the way average people talk about terrorism. Students are also exploring how terrorists manipulate the mass media, and, in turn, how the mass media manipulates terrorism. On Sept. 11, the lecture and class discussion will focus on traditional international definitions of terrorism.

"Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare," a four-unit course created last spring as a direct result of the attacks, is delving into greater detail this semester about the Al-Qaeda terrorism network. On Sept. 11, the lecture and class discussion will focus on definitions of terrorism, terrorists and freedom fighters.

WHO: Speech and communication studies Professor Joseph Tuman, one of the Bay Area's top analysts of political speeches and an expert in legal rhetoric and constitutional law, is teaching "The Rhetoric of Terrorism."

Ambassador-in-Residence David Fischer, a veteran foreign diplomat, is teaching "Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare."

About 30 to 35 students are enrolled in each course.

WHEN/WHERE: Reporters are welcome to attend both classes on Sept. 11. "The Rhetoric of Terrorism" meets from 12:10 to 1:50 p.m. in Humanities Building, Room 285. "Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare" meets from 2:10 to 3:50 p.m. in Health and Social Science (HSS) building, Room 362. SFSU is located at 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue).

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