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March 31, 2005

Comparing the Impacts of September 11, 2001 and March 11, 2004

A Collaborative Symposium
New School University and the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona

The New School, New York, April 8-9 2005
Theresa Lang Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

On April 8 and 9, The New School and the Center of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona will present the first annual, rotating seminar to compare the impacts of the events of September 11 and March 11 on the United States and Spain.

These events had major impacts on the response to terrorism in both countries, had different political and governmental responses, provoked different social reactions, and generated different forms of economic, cultural, and urban planning responses in New York and Madrid. It was understood that the meaning of these events, and responses to them, would change over time, suggesting that much could be learned about the respective societies and cities in which they occurred. If terrorism itself is understood as acts intending to generate a range of specific responses, this four-year, annual seminar could also contribute to understanding the impact of terrorism itself.

The two-day symposium is free and open to the public. 

PROGRAM

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

9:30am
PRESENTATION AND INTRODUCTION:

Bob Kerrey, President, New School University 
Michael Cohen, Director, Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School University  
Josep Ramoneda, Director, Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona

      
10:00-12:30pm
SESSION 1: THE MEANING OF TERRORISM

Chair: Arjun Appadurai, Provost, New School University

New York: Bob Kerrey, President, New School University

Madrid: Baltasar Garzón, Investigating Judge for the Spanish National Court.
In the late 1990s Judge Garzon spearheaded the unsuccessful campaign to extradite the former Chilean military ruler, General Augusto Pinochet, from London to Spain for human rights abuses. More recently, he compiled a 692-page dossier in late 2003 which called for the arrest of 35 men, including Osama Bin Laden, for their alleged involvement in the 11 September attacks on the US. The judge has also been active in Madrid's crackdown on the Basque separatist group ETA. From 1 March this year, Judge Garzon is taking nine months' leave to give classes about international terrorism in the United States.


Commentators:

Kepa Aulestia, Journalist and editorial adviser for Grupo Vocento, author of Historia General del Terrorismo (Aguilar, 2005), [General History of Terrorism].

Josep Ramoneda, Director, Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. Philosopher and author of Después de la Pasión Política (Taurus, 1999) [The Aftermath of Political Passion], and numerous books and articles on issues of memory and violence. Journalist, El País.
              
Paul Berman, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute, author,  Terror and Liberalism
 

2:00-4:30pm
SESSION 2: POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENTAL REACTIONS

Chair:   Michael Cohen, Director, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School

New York: William Hartung, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute, The New School

Madrid: Fernando Vallespín, Professor of Political Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, current President of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS) [Center for Sociological Research]. Vallespín has taught as visiting professor of contemporary political theory at Harvard University, Frankfurt and Heidelberg. Author of Nuevas teorías del Contrato Social [New Social Contract Theories], El Futuro de la Política [The Future of Politics] and edited a six volume Historia de la Teoría Política  [History of Political Theory]. Columnist for El País.


Commentators:

Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek
José Antonio Martín Pallín, Magistrado, Sala de lo Penal, Tribunal Supremo
Magistrate, Criminal Court, Supreme Tribunal, Spain


SATURDAY, APRIL 9


10:00-12:30 am  
SESSION 3: SOCIAL REACTIONS

Chair: Ben Lee, Dean, The Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science, New School University    

New York: William Hirst, Professor of Psychology, New School University, and researcher on the psychological reactions to 9/11

Madrid: Juan Luis Cebrián, Founder- director of El País, and since 1988 he is a delegate adviser for the Grupo Prisa, editorial company of El País. Juan Luis Cebrián, a member of the Spanish Royal Academy, has written numerous essays and novels. His last historical novel is Francomoribundia.


Commentators:

Nikki Stern, Executive Director, Families of September 11
Cristina Salado, spokeswoman, 11-M Victims Association, Madrid
Leslie Crawford, Madrid Correspondent, Financial Times


2:00-4:30pm
SESSION 4: THE ECONOMIC, CULTURAL AND URBAN PLANNING RESPONSES IN EACH CITY

Chair: Margarita Gutman, New School University and School of
                Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning, University of Buenos Aires 
 
New York: Karen Phillips , Member, New York City Planning Commission

Madrid: Rafael del Águila, Professor of Political Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He was chair of the Political Science Department and director of the Center for Political Theory. An author and editor of numerous books, his most recent publication is Socrates Furioso, el pensador y la ciudad, (Anagrama) [Furious Socrates, the Thinker and the City]

Commentators:

David Harvey, Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography, Graduate Center of   the City University of New York
Gema Martín Muñoz, Professor of Sociology of the Arab and Islamic World at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is a columnist for the newspaper El País on Arabic and Islamic subjects. Her recent publications include Islam, Modernism and the West: Cultural and Political Relations at the End of the Millennium (London/New York: IB Tauris, 1999) and Iraq, un fracaso de occidente [Iraq, a failure of the West; Barcelona: Tusquets, 2003]


This event is supported by the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School, the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, and the Public Policy Program of the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science.

Simultaneous English-Spanish translation provided.

The symposium is free and open to the public.  General admission.  Information (212) 229-5353.