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Friday, September 9, 2011
Reflections on the Events of 9/11:  Exploration of What Happened
Symposium will be held in the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, Bismarck State College campus
7:30am • Registration
8:30am • Welcome, Dr. Larry C. Skogen, Bismarck State College (BSC) president Introduction to Humanities Symposium, Clay Jenkinson, director, The Dakota Institute, and symposium moderator
8:45am • Premiere Clip of 100 Stories: Perspectives from the Heartland, a BSC documentary
9:00am Keynote • General Charles Wald, (USAF, retired) • Leadership Perspectives: Insights on America’s Response to 9/11
10:00am • Lt. Col. Dean Eckmann, North Dakota Air National Guard • Happy Hooligans and 9/11
10:30am • Jenette Nelson (mother of Ann who died in WTC); Marcel Sim (Ground Zero paramedic) • Remembering Those Who Were Lost
11:00am Chuck Roberts, longest serving CNN Headline News anchor • The Biggest News Story of My Careeer
Noon • Lunch • 4th floor, National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE)
1:00pm Thomas Frank, author, What’s Wrong with Kansas Heartland Populism Left and Right
2:00pm Statesmen: Memories and Reflections
Sen. Kent Conrad, Sen. John Hoeven, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Lt. Gov Drew Wrigley, former Congressman Earl Pomeroy (Major General David Sprynczynatyk, the Adjutant General of the N.D. National Guard on video)
3:00pm • Break • Enjoy the symposium gallery and bookstore in the foyer
3:15pm • Live reports from Ground Zero, Washington D.C., and Somerset County, Pennsylvania
3:40pm • Music by Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra Trio • Remembering • Photos by Andrea Booher
4:00pm Lorry Fenner, Ph.D., director, National Defense University and 9/11 Commission staff member • The 9/11 Commission Report
5:00pm • Clay Jenkinson • Synthesis

*Ticketed Event*
Friday, September 9 • 6:00 p.m. • 4th Floor, National Energy Center of Excellence
Bismarck State College Speakers’ Reception – Meet and talk with Symposium Speakers

*Ticketed Event*
Friday, September 9 • 7:30 p.m. • Sidney J. Lee Auditorium
• Bismarck State College “The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda” Peter Bergen, CNN producer, author, and interviewer of Osama bin Laden moderated by Chuck Roberts, retired CNN broadcast journalist


Saturday, September 10, 2011
Examination of the Impact of 9/11 on the Heartland

Symposium reconvenes at 8 a.m. in the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, Bismarck State College campus
8:15am •  Welcome, David Borlaug, President, Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation
9/11: The Impact • Clay Jenkinson, moderato
8:30am • Julia Ernst, J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law • The US Constitution, The Rule of Law, and the Age of Terrorism
9:15am Chris Bailey, faculty at National Intelligence University • Issues in US Intelligence
10:00am • Gerard Jacobs, Ph.D., faculty at University of South Dakota • National Trauma: The Evolution of Mental Health in an Age of Disasters
10:45am • MSGT Mike Carswell, USAF • America’s Troops’ Morale: Coping with PTSD in Post-9/11
11:15am • Geoffrey Wawro, author of Quicksand and faculty at University of North Texas • The War on Terror – Progress and Pitfalls
12:15am • Lunch • 4th floor, National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE)
1:00pm • Major General David Sprynczynatyk, Adjutant General of the N.D. National Guard • ND National Guard Transformation: Ten Years Supporting the Global War on Terror
1:30pm • Manochehr Dorraj, Ph.D., faculty at Texas Christian University • US-Muslim Relations Abroad and at Home Since 9/11
2:15pm • Martin Loken, Consul General, Canada; Simon Cordery, Ph.D., Monmouth College • How Our Allies See the War on Terror
3:00pm Break
3:15pm Muslim Americans & 9/11: A Video Documentary • Rush Darwish, videographer, Chicago, IL
3:45pm • Tim Purdon, United States Attorney for the State of North Dakota • Partnering with Communities to Prevent Violent Extremism: North Dakota Perspectives
4:30pm • John Hursey, North Dakota Director, TSA • TSA – Then and Now
5:00pm • Synthesis • Clay Jenkinson

*Ticketed Event*
Saturday, September 10 • 7:30 p.m.

Symphony Performance • A Place of Remembrance • Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra with the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus and University of Mary Chorus Belle Mehus Auditorium (ticketed event)


Sunday, September 11, 2011
Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11
A commemorative event will be held at Double Ditch State Historic Site. Participants may ride on the bus or drive to the location on their own
7:00am Departure from BSC Armory parking lot
9:45an Return to BSC


To register, click here.

Symposium Registration: $50
Speakers Reception: $25
Peter Bergen Event only: $10
“A Place of Remembrance,” Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra: $29
(Note: Season ticket holders need not purchase. This performance is part of the regular season.)