September 6, 2023| Community Event | Online

“Understanding September 11, 2001” Virtual Info Session

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Event Overview

Join Common Sense Society’s vice president of education Dr. Murray Bessette on September 6 at 4:00 P.M. E.T. for a virtual information session titled, “Understanding September 11, 2001.” In this session, Dr. Bessette will discuss the ideas presented in our lesson plan, “Understanding September 11, 2001,” and guide teachers through discussing this subject with their students.

Today’s students, whether undergraduates or younger, did not live through the events of September 11, 2001, or its immediate aftermath, and that makes fully understanding the lasting historic and cultural significance of 9/11 challenging. As teachers, we have the opportunity to educate the next generation about the significance of September 11, 2001 and lead them in an important national conversation.

Participants will discuss these ideas with Dr. Bessette, vice president of education at Common Sense Society and former associate professor of political science at Morehead State University. Participants will leave with access to a one-day lesson plan for grades 6-12 students titled, “Understanding September 11, 2001” that combines multiple resources such as critical essays and videos to educate future generations on the attacks of September 11, 2001, and place the event in its historical context.

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A photo of Murray Bessette, Ph.D.

Murray Bessette, Ph.D.

Vice President of Education

Dr. Murray Bessette is vice president of education at Common Sense Society, where he oversees its international fellowships and professional development programs, directs its middle school and high school curricular initiatives, and plans the programming for its academic events. In his eighteen years in the academic and non-profits sectors, Dr. Bessette has edited or authored numerous books, chapters, articles, and reviews; organized and presented at dozens of international and national conferences and panels; and co-directed more than $3 million in U.S. federal grants. He was previously an associate professor at Morehead State University and director of academic programs at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He was also a Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute, an academic fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the co-director of the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, president of the Kentucky Political Science Association, and an academic advisory board member of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions. Dr. Bessette earned a Ph.D. in political science and an M.A. in American government from Claremont Graduate University and an M.A. and B.A. in political science from the University of Alberta.

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