|Park Univ. Professor Ken Christpher teaches "Terrorism 101".|
My colleagues (Park University professors Ken Christopher and John Hamilton) and I managed to restore order in that instance and several other times when chaos threatened to overtake the room. What we discovered as things settled down was that while the 20 local and regional government leaders, police, army, and media representatives assembled certainly have their differences, they definitely share one parcel of common ground: the desire to combat terrorism.
|Professor John Hamilton, collaborating on a PSA.|
Seeing the threat of the seminar degenerating into a political brawl, an astute Professor Hamilton decided to re-frame the discussion. Since terrorism is such a loaded term here in Uganda, Hamilton wisely dictated the assemblage that we would, henceforth, use the term violent extremism, a term that carries no extraneous baggage. It worked like a charm, since all those gathered agreed that violence was something to be avoided.
|Seminar participants, hard at work.|