Aug. 26, 2011
For Immediate Release
By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy (KHIPP) will host a panel discussion on “9/11/01 – Ten Years Later” at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 in Campbellsville University’s Banquet Hall in the Badgett Academic Support Center at 110 University Drive, Campbellsville.
The event is free and open to the public.
“9/11/01 – Ten Years Later” will focus entirely on 9/11, looking at the event itself, the fallout from the disaster and what the United States government has done since that day to protect the United States from another large scale attack.
The panel will focus on Homeland Security, terrorism, intelligence and how the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 have changed America.
Scheduled to serve on the panel are Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of Washington D.C., author of the recent book, “Bin Laden’s Legacy, and who is considered one of the rising experts in the terrorism field; FBI Special Agent Darrin Turpin, who worked at FBI Office in New York on 9/11/01; and Max Wise, assistant professor of political science.
Gartenstein-Ross is a lecturer for the Naval Postgraduate School, graduate of Wake Forest and New York University College of Law and is a regular contributing author to Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal.
Gartenstein-Ross, who is now a Christian, was once a Muslim convert who worked for a Muslim charity that donated funding to terrorist groups.He later became an FBI informant and published the book “My Year Inside Radical Islam.”
He lives in Washington, D.C. and is the director of the Center for the Study of Terrorist Radicalization at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Gartenstein-Ross has also made major contributions to the study of “homegrown” terrorists, those who were born or raised in Western societies. He co-authored two reports about this subject in 2009, including “Homegrown Terrorists in the U.S. and U.K.,” an empirical examination of the radicalization of 117 homegrown jihadi terrorists that provides a new framework for understanding the impact of religious ideology.
He also studies regions where jihadi groups pose a challenge, and is known in particular for his work on Somalia. He has presented his research at events sponsored by Special Operations Command Europe (Germany), the Universität Tübingen (Germany), Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), National Defense University, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute, among others.
FBI Special Agent Darrin Turpin, who worked at the FBI Office in New York on Sept. 11, 2011, responded to the Twin Tower scene and was instrumental in the evidence recovery team following the Towers’ collapse.
Prior to Sept. 11, he worked on an organized crime/drug squad. He now works at the FBI Office in Lexington, Ky.
Turpin has been a special agent in the FBI for over 13 years. After Sept. 11, he worked on the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was also a team leader for the New York Evidence Response Team and worked on the World Trade Center recovery effort for approximately 11 months.
In late 2004, Turpin transferred to the Louisville Division where he is an Evidence Response Team Leader and has investigated public corruption and white-collar crime.
He has also served as the FBI Agent representative to the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center.
As an Evidence Response Team leader, he has taught crime scene courses in the United States and in eight foreign countries.
Turpin was an officer in the United States Air Force for eight years prior to becoming an FBI special agent in 1998. He completed a Bachelor of Science in History from the United States Air Force Academy in 1990 and a Master of Arts in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University in 1997.
Before joining the Campbellsville University faculty in 2007, Wise worked in the FBI’s intelligence and counterterrorism division at FBI Headquarters and the Field Intelligence Group at FBI in Louisville.
Wise also served as the FBI’s intelligence liaison to the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Fusion Center. His expertise is on Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
Wise graduated with honors from Campbellsville University in 1997 and received a Master of Arts degree in International Relations/National Security from the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky in 1999, and an advanced graduate certificate in home security from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in 2007.
Wise is married to Dr. Heather Wise, a 2001 graduate of Campbellsville University, and they have four children: Grayson, Jackson, Carter and McLean. He is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Campbellsville.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.