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Two great lecture opportunities Tuesday at BHSU

Black Hills State University will offer two great opportunities to hear lectures on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Reese Erlich, foreign correspondent, best-selling book author and freelance journalist, will present “Conversations with Terrorists -- foreign correspondent Reese Erlich's update from the Middle East" at BHSU on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall 305.

In his latest book, Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire, Erlich questions how the U.S. has dealt with terrorist threats since 2001, suggesting that by "labeling all opponents as terrorists," the government has "from a practical perspective... rendered the term terrorism' meaningless." Using decades of his personal reporting, personal interviews, and new research, Erlich emphasizes the stark differences between the nihilism of al-Qaeda and the political aspirations of organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. He urges the U.S. to "recognize the difference between isolated fanatics and groups fighting for legitimate causes," concluding that such a policy shift would "do more to undermine groups such as al Qaeda than all U.S. invasions combined."

The second lecture opportunity will be Dr. Alexander J. Hahn, professor of mathematics, director of the Honors Program for the College of Science and director of the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame. Hahn will deliver a lecture entitled “Truth in Numbers: From Notre Dame Football to The DaVinci Code” Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall 104 on the BHSU campus. The interactive presentation will explore the connection between myth and mathematics in popular media.

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