IUP Students Attend National Security Symposium in Pittsburgh

Posted on 10/7/2015 11:20:36 AM

Eleven IUP students traveled to Pittsburgh to attend a symposium on national security on September 24, 2015.

Some of the students are enrolled in an upper-level political science course, Dimensions of National Security, taught by political science faculty Dighton “Mac” Fiddner.  The rest were members of the Political Science Student Leadership Committee, a student organization for Political Science and International Studies majors and minors.

The event, the National Security Symposium: Media, Democracy, and Citizenship, was sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  The symposium was designed to emphasize the role of “media in shaping public opinion and influencing civic engagement pertaining to contemporary national security issues.”  

The IUP students were recognizable through their interest and relevant, pertinent questions during the event.  The students who attended were: 

  • Political Science: Erin Serre, Anthony Petrucelli, and Ed Curtin
  • Political Science/Pre-Law: Vincent Campisano, Luke Marcinko, and Jill Medatia
  • International Studies: Nick Moctezuma
  • Criminology: Willy Wilson, Dalainey Meals, and Jeffrey Fosnaught 
  • Undeclared (within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences): Carson Nichols.

The morning panel discussed the current proposed Iranian nuclear agreement, ISIS, and European migration crisis.  The afternoon panel was devoted to U.S. drone policy with experts Marjorie Cohen, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and author of Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues, and Dan Simpson, currently Associate Editor at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The symposium was not without controversy as another of the invited afternoon panelists, Norman Finkelstein, a well-known critic of Israel, was dis-invited by the university the week before the symposium.