Penn State president to discuss terrorism on WPSU

April 07, 2010

For years, the world has suffered terrorist attacks from extremist groups who feel they have gone unacknowledged and disrespected for too long. The acts of violence committed against symbolic structures, places or people, are used as tools to generate mass amounts of publicity for the terrorists' cause. The men and women who carry out these events harm not only themselves and those around them, but the cause they are so determined to justify. Terrorism is a widely discussed topic that continues to impact people in a negative way.

Penn State President Graham Spanier and his guests, John Horgan and Janice Fedarcyk, will discuss the roots of terrorism on the upcoming edition of "To The Best Of My Knowledge."

The live call-in program will air at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM.

Horgan, director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State, conducts research on many aspects of terrorism and has recently focused his research on disengagement from terrorist movements. Horgan has published three books over the past eight years, each specializing on a different aspect of terrorism. He is also an editorial board member to the journals Terrorism and Political Violence, Terrorism Research and the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.

Fedarcyk is the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Field Office. She has worked for the FBI in various capacities since 1987. She was instrumental in leading the development of a classified national strategic operational plan in the war on terrorism. In September 2006, she was a group recipient of a Meritorious Unit Citation presented by the director of the National Counterterrorism Center for contributions to the Interagency Counterterrorism Strategic Planning Community.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or sending an e-mail to during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 10th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

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Michelle Tortorella

Last Updated April 13, 2010