Future of Terrorism Focus of Public Lecture

The full spectrum of current terrorism research will be the focus of a talk by John Horgan, director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST) at Penn State, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Alumni Fireside Lounge at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. His talk, titled "The Future of Terrorism” is free and open to the public.

Horgan will present the findings of the Future of Terrorism II Conference, a recent meeting of 25 international and domestic experts on terrorism held at the University. He will distill the conference’s discussions, conclusions and predictions across the spectrum of terrorism research including topics like biological terrorism, Osama bin Laden and leadership decapitation, and evolution of intelligence.

The Penn State researcher also is associate professor of psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State and author of more than 60 publications, His books include "The Psychology of Terrorism" (2005), "The Future of Terrorism" (1999, with Max Taylor), "Walking Away from Terrorism: Accounts of Disengagement from Radical and Extremist Movements" (2009) and the forthcoming "Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland’s Dissident Terrorists" (with Oxford University Press). He is a member of multiple editorial boards and the Research Advisory Board of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC). He holds a doctorate and bachelor of arts degree in applied psychology from University College, Cork, in Ireland.

Horgan will be available for questions after the presentation, and a reception will follow. For more information about the ICST Speaker Series, visit www.icst.psu.edu or contact Alex Novak at anovak@psu.edu.

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Last Updated October 19, 2011