Scholar discusses use of narratives to fight terrorism

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 4, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Could a story be the answer to the fight against terrorism?

Terrorism scholar Kurt Braddock, who briefed the Pentagon on the use of counter narratives to reduce the support for terrorism, brings his expertise to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in a lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. Admission is free and open to the public.

In 2012, Braddock provided a briefing to the Pentagon that covered his research on methods for developing counter-terrorism narratives. His research focuses on the strategic persuasive techniques used by illicit organizations through online media.

Braddock is a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University, where he teaches courses in group communication, communication and information technology, disaster communication, and terrorism. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of New Jersey, a Master of Arts from the University of Delaware, and a doctorate in communication arts and sciences from Penn State. His work has been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, and Communication Monographs.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences and the College of Science and Technology. For more information, call 570-389-4108.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.