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“In the Name of Terrorism” author to speak Oct. 22 at GCSU

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POSTED: October 9, 2007
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“In the Name of Terrorism” author to speak Oct. 22 at GCSU

Dr. Carol Winkler, author of “In the Name of Terrorism: Presidents on Political Violence in the Post-World War II Era,” will visit Georgia College & State University at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 to give a lecture titled, “Behind the Scenes: Crafting the President’s Terrorism Rhetoric.”

Winkler’s talk, to be held in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium, will focus on her research, which shows how presidents during the past 40 years manipulate their public image using images of terrorism to gain popularity with the American people.

“The book lays out in some detail the crafting process of messages that goes on behind the scenes,” Winkler said. “It shows when the presidents have chosen to fabricate and exaggerate their messages, and how the decisions of one president influence another.”

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the lecture. Winkler will sign copies after her lecture.

The program is sponsored by the Honors & Scholars Program and The Mass Communication Program at Georgia College.

Winkler’s interest in the rhetoric of terrorism began when she was a graduate student many years ago. She only began her research in the year before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“I originally thought that by understanding the past, future presidents would not repeat the mistakes,” she said. “Instead, I was amazed to find how past rhetorical choices operate as both a major constraint and opportunity for future presidents.”

Dr. Jim Winchester, professor of philosophy and Interim Director of the Honors & Scholars Program at GCSU, invited Winkler to speak at GCSU. He believes her experience and research will help students better understand the American political atmosphere.

“I think we all need to think hard about the use of rhetoric,” Winchester said. “Carol Winkler is one of the country’s foremost experts on the rhetoric of terrorism.”

Winkler is associate dean of humanities at Georgia State University where she oversees the work of many departments in the College of Arts and Sciences including

English, Modern Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Religion, The Middle East Institute, Women's Studies, and Communication (which includes Journalism, Speech, Film and Theatre).

As the chair of the communication department at Georgia State, Winkler helped introduce graduate programs and expand the department to include 45 professors. She also works with the Urban Debate League and the National Debate Project to bring the skills learned through debate to underprivileged students.

For more information about Winkler, her book or her lecture, e-mail Dr. James Winchester at

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For more information, contact Judy Bailey in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.