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UCLA Creates Second Series of Undergraduate Seminars Focused on Issues From Terrorist Attacks


As a continuing component of UCLA's efforts to helpstudents comprehend the tragic events of Sept. 11, the university's College ofLetters and Science is offering a second series of seminars that explore issuesemerging from the terrorist attacks.

Titled "Perspectives Post 9/11," the 37 one-unitundergraduate seminars offered during the winter quarter span the range ofdisciplines at UCLA, from national security to literature to psychology.

In the fall quarter, UCLA took the lead among the nation'suniversities in responding to Sept. 11 by creating and offering 49 seminarsthat began two weeks after the attacks — reportedly the largest response by anyacademic institution. Titled "Perspectives on Sept. 11," most of the courseswere filled.

"The enthusiasm among faculty andstudents for the courses this fall encouraged us to offer another series of newseminars," said Judi Smith, vice provost for undergraduate education. "The newcourses again reflect the remarkable range of UCLA's academic capabilities in worldculture, international affairs, literature, psychology, science, health andtechnology."

Several courses offered in thefall quarter will be repeated, including "RethinkingNational Security," taught by UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale.

Among the other 37 post-9/11seminars being taught at UCLA in the winter quarter are:

       Islam and the West

       Terror and Its Psychological Impact

       Understanding, Respecting and Honoring the First Amendmentin a Terrorist Environment

       Culture, Religion and the Deferral of Violence

       Genetic Engineering Bioweapons: Reality or Hype?

       Women, Politics and Violence

       America as Hyperpower

"As an institution that prizes reasoned discussion ofdifficult subjects, UCLA is addressing the issues evolving from Sept. 11through its teaching mission," said Brian Copenhaver, provost of the College ofLetters and Science at UCLA, and instructor in the seminar series during thefall quarter. "The classes work because the subject made them work, givingsuperb teachers a special motivation and stimulating the drive to learn thatbrings top students to UCLA."

Each one-hour course is limited to15 undergraduates, with preference given to freshmen and sophomores. Gradedpass/no pass, the one-unit seminars meet one hour each week.

For more information about the current Sept. 11 courses,visit

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