The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Reflections on 9/11: Reason, Faith, Service


Thursday, Sept. 8, 12:35 p.m.-1:50 p.m.

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Room 108
Aquinas Hall
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

The Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies presents a conference on the efforts to combat terrorism since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of politics and institute fellow, will address how a “layered” approach can be effective in combating terrorism and how religious actors can help build sustainable peace. Since 9/11, Cusimano Love also has worked as an adviser to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. She is one of the founders of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network.

Catholic University Ph.D. candidate Daveed Gartenstein-Ross will present conclusions of his new book, “Bin Laden’s Legacy” (Wiley 2011), in which he describes missteps in the efforts to combat terrorism and more effective ways forward.

United States Army Lt. Col. William Zemp will make a presentation via Skype. Zemp helped implement the Army’s counterinsurgency strategy, which stresses that military force is not the best way to combat terrorism or insurgents and that protecting civilian populations and "winning hearts and minds" is key. Zemp was present at the Pentagon on 9/11, and he briefed President George W. Bush on the terrorist attacks. Since then, Zemp has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he is currently. While a battalion commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Zemp earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

Additionally, Cusimano Love will present findings from Col. Chaplain David Colwell. After 9/11, Chaplain Colwell worked with families of the victims, identifying and blessing remains. Since then, he has promoted interreligious dialogue and helped U.S. military chaplains engage with religious actors and organizations abroad.

For more information, contact Woinshet Negash at 202-319-5999 or

SPONSOR: Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies


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