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Yeager Symposium to focus on security threats

Oct. 29, 2012 @ 12:15 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Laurie Garrett, a nationally known, award-winning author, lecturer and political analyst, will speak on "Bioterrorism: The Modern Peril," at Marshall University at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the 26th annual Yeager Symposium.

Garrett, who has won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, the Peabody Broadcasting Award and the George C. Polk Award for Reporting, is senior fellow for global health with the Council on Foreign Relations. She will speak in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

The first part of the symposium, titled "The New Terror: Emerging Threats to National Security," will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Memorial Student Center Multipurpose Room. Jason Morrissette, a political science professor at Marshall, will speak on "The Politics of Fear: Domestic and Lone-Wolf Terrorism in the U.S."

Yeager Scholars Shaina Taylor and Rikki Miller, co-chairpersons of the symposium, said Garrett was their first choice to be the speaker on bioterrorism.

"Her body of work is outstanding from any point of view," Taylor said. "Rikki and I worked tirelessly to bring her to Marshall, and we were overjoyed when we received her confirmation. What makes Garrett so special, though, is not only her lengthy list of accomplishments but her ability to present dense scientific material in a way that is both accessible and easy to understand."

Garrett was one of three scientific consultants on the Warner Bros. film "Contagion." She is the author of multiple books, including "The Coming Plague," "Betrayal of Trust" and "I Heard the Sirens Scream."

Morrissette's expertise is in World Politics, Conflict and Security, Post-Soviet Politics and Environmental Politics. He was one of three faculty members who received the Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.

Taylor and Miller, both seniors, said they wanted to select a topic for the lecture series that had as much broad, interdisciplinary appeal as possible.

Both events are free to the public. A book signing will follow Garrett's presentation.