NIC Popcorn Forum to feature representative of the 9/11 Commission


|photo1|Erin Smith, the senior assistant to the president of the 9/11 Commission’s Discourse Project, will speak on “The 9/11 Commission: A Look Behind the Scenes” during a North Idaho College Popcorn Forum presentation at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building.
 
Smith will address the findings of the 9/11 Report, including what has been accomplished as a result of the report as well as future plans.
 
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, is an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation under the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002.
Led by Chairman Thomas H. Kean (R), a former New Jersey Governor, and Vice Chairman Lee. H. Hamilton (D), a former Indiana Congressman, the commission was chartered to create a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The 9/11 Commission was also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks. The 567-page public report was released July 22, 2004.
 
After the release of the report, the 10 commissioners on the 9/11 Commission disbanded as a government entity in August 2004. However, the commissioners felt that it was critical to educate the public on the issue of terrorism and what can be done to make the country safer.
 
The NIC presentation is part of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, which was initiated to fulfill the commission’s original mandate of guarding against future attacks through a nationwide public education campaign.
 
Smith is the senior assistant to the president of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project. A valedictorian graduate of Truman State University, Smith speaks nationally to students about 9/11. At Truman State, where she was twice honored as the most influential student on campus, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, worked for a summer as a research assistant at Harvard University and was named one of Glamour magazine’s Top 12 College Women in the United States as an undergraduate. A national Truman Scholar and a 2002 fellow of the Institute for Political Service, Smith worked for Fleishman Hillard’s international headquarters in St. Louis before moving to Washington, D.C.
 
The presentation, sponsored by NIC Popcorn Forum, is free and open to the public.
 
Information: (208) 769-7782.


For More Information
NIC Political Science Instructor and Popcorn Forum Coordinator Tony Stewart, (208) 769-3325

Posted: Friday, Oct. 28, 2005

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