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October 25, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Center for Teaching Excellence will join with President Gerald Turner, Provost Ross Murfin, and Student Body President Jodi Warmbrod in sponsoring a forum at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, 3140 Dyer St., to discuss the role of the university in a time of crisis.

The forum will feature SMU’s Distinguished Teaching Professors, members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers: history Professor Jim Hopkins, law Professor Ellen Pryor, political science Professor Joseph Kobylka and theology Professor William Babcock. in a panel discussion moderated by Ron Wetherington, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

“The purpose of the forum is not to exchange information on terrorism, but to discuss how we can incorporate the emotional trauma of a crisis into a learning event,” Wetherington said. “Our goal as university professors is to prepare students to make judgments in the real world. Learning how to make those judgments in times of crisis involves learning the role emotions play in nuturing the intellect.”

The discussion will begin with an exchange of views among the panel, widening to include the audience. The public is invited and the lecture is free.