Ashland University Groups Sponsor Lecture on Domestic Terrorism

Ashland University Groups Sponsor Lecture on Domestic Terrorism

11/11/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Three Ashland University groups -- the Alexander Hamilton Society, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the History and Political Science Department – are sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Mary Habeck on the topic of “Domestic Terrorism.”

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education. Food and drinks will be provided for the event, which will include a question-and-answer session following the lecture.

Habeck, who is a visiting scholar from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, will speak on how terrorist groups are gathering members in the United States.

Previously, Habeck was associate professor in strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she taught courses on military history and strategic thought. From 2008 to 2009, she was the special adviser for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff. Before joining SAIS, Habeck taught American and European military history in Yale University’s history department.

Habeck was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory council of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served from 2006 to 2013.

In addition to books and articles on World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and al Qaeda, Habeck’s publications include “Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror” (Yale, 2005) and three forthcoming sequels, “Attacking America: Al-Qa’ida’s Grand Strategy” (Basic, 2015), “Managing Savagery: Al-Qa’ida’s Military and Political Strategies” (2016), and “Fighting the Enemy: The U.S. and Its War against al-Qa’ida” (2017).

She received her Ph.D. in history and M.A. in international relations from Yale University and a B.A. in international studies, Russian and Spanish from Ohio State University.

About the Ashland University’s Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS):
-- AHS is dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy.
-- AHS affirms the following basic convictions:
1) A measured pride in the success of the American experiment; America’s greatness is a result of its founding principles, including but not limited to rule of law, natural rights, and limited government; 2) A conviction in the importance of American leadership in the world; 3) An appreciation for the need for prudent exercise of American power; 4) A recognition of the strength of international partnerships built on the shared basic principles of democracy and the rule of law; 5) A firm belief in the importance of vigorous public discussion to the American political system.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###