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Friday Seminar Series: On the Ground with ISIS in Iraq with Scott Atran
Start Date: 5/1/2015Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 5/1/2015End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description:

The Center on Terrorism Presents.....
Friday Seminar Series: On the Ground with ISIS in Iraq

May 1, 2015
New Building , Rm. L2.84

During this Friday Seminar Series, Scott Atran will discuss his experiences and give insight about ISIS's terrorist threats. Atran, a Professor at John Jay College and Presidential Scholar in Sociology, recently spent several weeks on the front lines in Iraq with the Pesh Merga interviewing them and captured ISIS soldiers about their experiences, beliefs, commitments, and lives.  It was not always easy.  The enemy was a mere mile away, mortors exploded nearby, and at night ISIS fighters crept close and would engage in fighting at first light.  Professor Atran published several short pieces in the New York Times and elsewhere about his findings but in this seminar will talk at greater length about his experiences.  There is no one better informed about ISIS, and Atran’s first-hand account will provide our community an ususual opportunity to gain insight into this fearsome terrorist threat.

 Scott Atran, PhD., is Research Director in Anthropology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research, Institut Jean Nicod-Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris. He also holds positions as Presidential Scholar, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York; Senior Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford Univ.; Visiting Prof., Psychology and Public Policy, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Director of Research, ARTIS Research and Risk Modeling. For more information, see and

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New Building  (View Map)
59th Street and Eleventh Avenue
New York, NY

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