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UCR Begins Yearlong Series Remembering Sept. 11 Attacks

UCR Begins Yearlong Series Remembering Sept. 11 Attacks

(October 17, 2001)

Religious violence and terrorism expert Mark Juergensmeyer will give a free public lecture at the University of California, Riverside titled “Terror in the Mind of God” about how religious extremists use faith as a justification for violence. The event is scheduled 3:30 to5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the Humanities and Social Science building, room 1500.

Juergensmeyer is the founder and director of the Global and International Studies Program and chair of the Global Peace and Security Program at UC Santa Barbara. He is also author of “Terror in the Mind of God: The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State.” The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, is part of a yearlong series at UCR called “September 11th: Terror, Tolerance, and War.”

The series is an effort to begin a dialogue to reach out to the community and campus, about the issues prompted by the events of Sept. 11 and its aftermath. Series organizers are planning lectures, panel discussions and performances led by UCR faculty as well as speakers and performers from other institutions. For more information about the developing series, go to the web page at

An initial weeklong series of events, known as “Hate-Free Awareness Week at UCR,” has been scheduled from Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26. Event organizers hope to bring the campus and community together to address and prevent violence against people or their property because of who they are or are believed to be. The Associated Students, UCR; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center; the Student Life and Leadership Center; and the Associated Students Program Board organized this weeklong series of events.

Hate-Free Awareness Week at UCR Schedule of Events

· 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, running all week. “Chalk The Walk: Remembering, Uniting, Healing” is a student sidewalk chalk-art activity along the walkway surrounding the UCR bell tower.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Commons Lawn, “Hate Crimes Graveyard.”

· 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the lower-level meeting room of Costo Hall. “Peace & Healing Through Music,” uses guided imagery and the power of music to reflect on recent events and a peaceful future.

· Wednesday, Oct. 24 – 11 a.m. The public is invited to fold origami paper cranes in memory of each of the dead and missing from the Sept. 11 attacks. The event is on the UCR bell tower lawn. The idea is based on a Japanese legend that grants the folder of 1,000 paper cranes any wish.

7 p.m. at the Commons cafeteria. A showing of the documentary, “Journey to a Hate-Free Millennium.” The award-winning film seeks solutions to the hate crimes that have filled today’s headlines, such as the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Wyoming; the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr., an African American man in Texas; and the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado. Sharing their thoughts are Judy and Dennis Shepard, the family of James Byrd, Jr., Darrell Scott (father of slain Columbine High School student Rachael Scott), reformed neo-Nazi Skinhead, T.J. Leyden, students, teachers, celebrities and others moved by these events.

· 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Life Sciences building, room 1500. A screening of the feature film “American HistoryX.” The 1998 movie follows Venice Beach skinhead brothers Derek and Danny Vinyard, caught under the spell of an ultra-right wing neo-Nazi. Their rage at feeling exploited by the system is directed at undocumented immigrants and minorities whom they feel get special rights over whites. Their hatred leads to Derek killing a man in self-defense, but also out of rage and hate. While imprisoned, he realizes his hatred was not founded and begins his transformation. At his release, Derek devotes his life to saving his younger brother Danny.

· 3:30- 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Humanities & Social Science Building, room 1500. Lecture titled “Terror In the Mind of God.” Guest Lecturer: Mark Juergensmeyer is an expert on religious violence and terrorism at UCSB. The Department of Religious Studies sponsors the talk.

Maps and directions to the events are available at the UCR information kiosks at University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Visitor parking costs $6 per vehicle before 4 p.m. Parking after 4 p.m. costs $3 per vehicle.

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