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Stephen Gale, a nationally recognized expert on the study of terrorism and its causes, will speak on “9/11 Plus Three: Why We are Still Missing the Point” 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights auditorium.

“Dr. Gale is a well-known expert on terrorism and homeland security, so I am looking forward to hearing his impressions of the efforts and proposals to combat terrorism put forward by President Bush and Senator Kerry,” says government and law major John Stephenson ’05, organizer of the event for the Kirby Government and Law Society.

The talk is part of the group’s Election Series, a set of lectures and discussions designed to engage members of the Lafayette community in discussion and critical thinking about important issues for the 2004 election. The first Election Series event featured Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, the Lehigh Valley regional field director of America Coming Together. Students and faculty members heard about the efforts by “527 committees” to register and mobilize voters for the presidential election.

Gale presented testimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the future of terrorism in the U.S. and its potential impacts. He is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and chairman of its Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Homeland Security. His research on terrorism has dealt with the creation and use of software systems for integrated security analysis, the development and analysis of security scenarios, and the application of negotiation models. He offers undergraduate and graduate seminars on the study of the causes of terrorism, its role in world and national politics, and the development and use of counter-terrorism methods.

As a consultant on issues related to security and terrorism, Gale has undertaken assignments for Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, the U.S. Department of Energy, and a number of defense-related agencies. In addition, he has worked on security projects for such private sector organizations as Exxon Corporation International, Johnson & Johnson, and the American Society for Industrial Security.

Gale received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. In addition to his current position, he has served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University, and Columbia University.

He is the author of over 70 books and articles as well as a variety of reports associated with consulting assignments.

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