Purdue News

November 4, 2004

Family member of 9/11 victims to speak at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A woman whose family was tragically affected by the deaths of loved ones in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Purdue University's Krannert Auditorium.

Fran Day's talk, titled "The Real Cost of War," is sponsored by Purdue's Committee on Peace Studies. Her son was engaged to marry a woman who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. Day's cousin's son also was killed in the attacks.

Day and much of her family are members of September Eleventh Families For Peaceful Tomorrows, a group that was founded by family members of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

According to the group's mission statement, members are dedicated to seeking "effective, nonviolent solutions to terrorism, and to acknowledge our common experience with all people similarly affected by violence throughout the world.''

The Committee on Peace Studies oversees the peace studies minor, which has been offered by the Department of Political Science since 2001, said Harry Targ, professor of political science and committee director. The committee, founded in 1997, organizes video series, speakers and conferences at Purdue on topics relevant to peace studies.

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition and Pax Christi.

CONTACT: Targ, (765) 494-4169, targ@polsci.purdue.edu

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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