NEWS ADVISORY: 9/11 anniversary experts from Pace University, closest university to Ground Zero

9/11 anniversary experts from Pace University are available to comment on a variety of topics.

 

 

9/11 anniversary experts from Pace University, closest university to Ground Zero

 

Is infrastructure an obsolete recovery strategy for commerce?

Joseph M. Pastore, Jr., says, “Given our emerging cyber world, the classic model of architectural infrastructure as a key element in commerce is becoming a bit anachronistic.” An expert in business strategy and consultant to multiple firms and nonprofits, he is a Professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Pace is the closest university to Ground Zero. Direct contact: Phone: 914-773-3520, jpastore@pace.edu News contact: Chris Cory, 212-346-1117, 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu.

 

Unexpected inner resilience to psychological trauma

Anthony Mancini has shown that the majority of people are resilient when confronted with traumatic events. A psychologist, he has studied people in traumatic events including those admitted to trauma centers for gunshots and industrial and automobile accidents and breast cancer patients He is a panelist in a September 8 symposium on media images of mass tragedies, “Witness to Tragedy and Recovery” and a professor of psychology at the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, the closest university to Ground Zero. News contact: Chris Cory, 212-346-1117, 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu.

Weaknesses and strengths of humanitarian help

Matthew W. Bolton knows disaster relief from field research in Afghanistan and Sudan, his personal involvement in the Haiti relief effort, and his work for humanitarian agencies in hotspots like Bosnia, Iraq, Uganda, and Kenya. University’s September 8 conference on media images of tragedy and recovery, he teaches international organization and international relations and is a professor of political science at Pace Dyson College. Pace is the closest university to Ground Zero. News contact: Chris Cory, 212-346-1117, 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

 

Is anti-terrorism legal?

Thomas McDonnell examines legal issues raised by the United States’ response to the terrorist threat and analyzing whether the actions taken by the Bush-Cheney and Obama Administrations have complied with international law. A professor at Pace University’s law school, in The United States, International Law and the Struggle against Terrorism (Routledge 2010) and scholarly articles, he looks at targeted killings, torture, indefinite detentions, the right to trial, military commissions, the death penalty, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Just days after the Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden, he organized a roundtable of leading international law scholars discussing whether the US’s actions were legal. Direct contact: tmcdonnell@law.pace.edu, cell (914) 489-0406, Press contact: Lauren Rubenstein, ph. 914.422.4389, cell 914.329.8680, lrubenstein@law.pace.edu

 

Islamophobia and civil rights

Randolph McLaughlin scrutinizes ethnic profiling of Muslims and civil rights issues in the US since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. A Professor of Law at Pace University’s law school, McLaughlin has worked to protect civil rights since beginning his career in 1978 at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a civil rights/civil liberties legal organization in New York City. For eight years he worked side by side with the renowned civil rights attorney William Kunstler, and pioneered (and wrote a book on) the development of a legal strategy to redress incidents of racially-motivated violence. In an op ed last year in the White Plains, NY Journal News, he said the fear of Muslims that spread through the US after 9/11 had “turned into hate.,” but he found hope in the fact that “people of good will, religious leaders and elected officials are starting to speak out against this hate.” Direct contact: rmclaughlin@law.pace.edu, cell (914) 953-5156, press contact: Lauren Rubenstein, ph. 914.422.4389, cell 914.329.8680, lrubenstein@law.pace.edu

National security law

Ralph Stein was largely responsible for revealing unconstitutional surveillance of lawful civilian political activity by the Army in the early 1970s, and has worked since to challenge other surveillance of political work. A professor at Pace University’s law school, he is a former chief field investigator for the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Constitutional Rights of the Judiciary Committee. He currently is teaching seminar on “National Security Law and the Challenge of Terrorism” at Pace Law School. Direct contact: rstein@law.pace.edu, cell (914) 649-6613, Press contact: Lauren Rubenstein, ph. 914.422.4389, cell 914.329.8680, lrubenstein@law.pace.edu

 

Legal assistance to terrorism victims and immigrants

Immigration has increased since 9/11, and  Vanessa Merton, a professor at Pace Law School, monitors it as supervisor of students at Pace Law School who represents indigent people who seek asylum, Temporary Protected Status, relief from removal, and/or regularization of their immigration status through family ties, employment or pursuant to such statues as the Violence Against Women Act and the Anti-Trafficking Act. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, she stepped up to meet the needs of attack victims for legal assistance—from landlord-tenant disputes and unemployment benefits to the reformation of contracts and negotiations with insurance companies. With Pace Law students, she organized more than 200 student volunteers who worked for three months near Ground Zero, a project that earned her six different national and state public interest practice awards. Direct contact: vmerton@law.pace.edu, office (914) 422-4333, Press contact: Lauren Rubenstein, ph. 914.422.4389, cell 914.329.8680, lrubenstein@law.pace.edu

 

Eyewitness student journalist

Shams Tarek, as a junior at Pace University, five blocks from Ground Zero, ten years ago was for several days the only source on the Web from which devastated members of the Pace community could get news about their university. As editor in chief of the Pace Press student newspaper, he and two student colleagues hiked to the site and posted daily dispatches and photos. He is now communications director for U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy. Participant in September 8 symposium on the impact of media images of mass disasters. Direct contact: Cell: 646-354-3329. News contact: Chris Cory, 212-346-1117, 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

 

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