Hirsch Discusses Embassy Bombings in ICAR Lecture

Posted: November 3, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Susan F. Hirsch, program director of the new interdisciplinary undergraduate program at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is tomorrow’s speaker in the institute’s brown bag lecture series. Her topic, “A Victim’s Burden: Method, Text, and Context in a Reflexive Ethnography of the East African Embassy Bombings,” focuses on issues from her forthcoming book on the 1998 East African Embassy bombings and the subsequent trial, which was held in New York City in early 2001. The public is invited to participate in the lecture, which will be held in the Truland Building on the Arlington Campus.

“I participated in the trial as a survivor, the widow of a deceased victim, and an anthropologist who specializes in law,” says Hirsch. “The book explores my perspective on law as a response to terrorism, on my stance against the death penalty in the United States, including in terrorism cases, and on my continued search to understand why the bombings took place.”

Hirsch came to ICAR from Wesleyan University where she was chair of the Department of Anthropology, and the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress where she was Rockefeller Fellow in Islam and Globalization. Previously, she was Hurford Family Fellow at the National Humanities Center. After earning her PhD at Duke University, she served as visiting faculty in its Department of Anthropology.

In addition to anthropology, Hirsch is a specialist in sociolegal studies, discourse analysis, gender theory, East Africa, and Islam. She has published two books and several articles on these issues.

The lecture will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 555 at 3330 North Washington Boulevard. For more information, call ICAR at 703-993-1300.

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