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Gates-Ferry Lecturer, Dr. Shane Fitzpatrick, to present "Terrorism: America at Risk"

04/02/2014, 02:03 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Dr. Shane Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor of International Studies at Centenary College and frequent briefing analyst for the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security, will serve as a 2014 Gates-Ferry Distinguished Lecturer. His presentation “Terrorism: America at Risk” will be given at 7 p.m. April 8, 2014, in the Edith Bolte Kutz ’42 Theater at the David and Carol Lackland Center. This event is free and open to the public.

“Terrorism: America at Risk” is a presentation in which Dr. Fitzpatrick will discuss recent terrorist attacks throughout the world and will reveal terrorist strategies that most impact American citizens and the law enforcement community. His presentation will be accompanied by a video.

Dr. Fitzpatrick, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, is a nationally renowned expert on counterterrorism.  He has worked with Homeland Security and served as a briefing analyst for the FBI and law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Dr. Fitzpatrick has made a broad range of presentations on the continuing threat posed by terrorism to the United States in the aftermath of 9/11.    Dr. James Patterson, the Provost at Centenary College, observes that:  “In light of the striking relevance of the topic Centenary is fortunate to have the opportunity to present a renowned scholar/practitioner to the wider community.”

Dr. Fitzpatrick has conducted a series of radio interviews that addressed topics pertaining to terrorism. In December 2013, he was interviewed by ten radio stations, across the nation.  He discussed counterterrorism and measures that the average American can take to educate themselves on the issue and its relevance to their daily lives.  In January Dr. Fitzpatrick was again interviewed on a number of radio stations throughout the United States.  In this round his primary focus was on the safety of American citizens and Olympic athletes at the Sochi Olympics and the Super Bowl. His op-ed piece, “Putin’s War…And His Olympics” was recently published in The Daily Record.
For Dr. Fitzpatrick’s recent national media commentaries on terrorism and global security, see www.centenarycollege.edu

To register for this event, visit www.centenarycollege.edu/gatesferry.

The Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lectureship at Centenary College recognizes the dedication to the College of Joseph R. Ferry, Trustee from 1948 to 1976 and treasurer of the Board of Trustees for 20 years.  It was established to set high standards and goals for students and faculty alike, and to enrich the quality of life on the Centenary campus.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.