Political science professor Lori Poloni-Staudinger kicks off the university’s Summer Seminar Series with a discussion about ongoing threat of terrorism—both international and domestic, such as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, pictured above. The bombing of the federal building there remained the most lethal terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001.

Political science associate professor Lori Poloni-Staudinger kicks off the university’s Summer Seminar Series with a discussion about the ongoing threat of terrorism—both international and domestic, such as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, pictured above. The bombing of the federal building there remained the most lethal terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001.

An interdisciplinary Summer Seminar Series is sure to spark discussion on campus and in the community.

NAU faculty from several colleges will cover a wide range of topics, including the aesthetics of conservation, terrorism and extremism, natural resource conservation and tribal business development challenges and opportunities.

The series runs June 5 through Aug. 14, with presentations at NAU, the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona and La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz. Admission is free and information is available online.

Lori Poloni-Staudinger, associate professor of politics and international affairs, kicks off the series Wednesday with “The Ongoing Threat of Terrorism from Benghazi to Boston,” which will discuss the differences between mass murder and terrorism, and terrorism and extremism.

Julie Mueller, assistant professor of economics, also leads an in-depth discussion Friday of the value of goods and services not bought or sold in markets in “Forest Restoration and Watershed Services: The Economic Perspective.”

This summer’s sessions are:

June 5
“The Ongoing Threat of Terrorism from Benghazi to Boston”
Lori Poloni-Staudinger, associate professor, politics and international affairs
5:30 to 7 p.m., NAU Native American Cultural Center

June 7
“Forest Restoration and Watershed Services: The Economic Perspective”
Julie Mueller, assistant professor of economics
5:30 to 7 p.m., Gardner Auditorium in the W.A. Franke College of Business

June 12
“The Future of Arab Spring: Continuity or Change? The Case of Egypt”
Mohamed M. Abdel Aziz Mohamed, assistant professor of comparative study of religion
5:30 to 7 p.m., NAU’s Native American Cultural Center

June 19
“Security Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy: Syria, Iran and Afghanistan”
Paul Lenze, Jr., lecturer and internship coordinator, politics and international affairs
5:30 to 7 p.m., NAU’s Native American Cultural Center

June 26
“Poetry and Poets in the White House: The Surprising Story of Literature and Power
Paul Ferlazzo
, professor emeritus of English
5:30 to 7 p.m., La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz.

July 10
“The Gamble of the Casinos for the Native American Economy”
Wayne Fox, assistant dean of the W.A. Franke College of Business
Levi Esquerra
, program director at NAU’s Center for American Indian Economic Development
5:30 to 7 p.m., NAU’s Native American Cultural Center

July 17
“Protecting Yourself from Online Cyber-Criminals: Tips and Tools”
Jane Ginn, managing director of SedonaCyberlink
6:30 to 8 p.m., Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona

July 24
“The Aesthetics of Conservation—Another Reason Why We Preserve Our Unique and Beautiful Lands”
Bruce Aiken, NAU Honors artist in residence. The Honors Artist in Residence program is partially funded by APS.
6 to 7:30 p.m., Museum of Northern Arizona

July 31
“Tina Mion, Not Dead Yet: Thoughts and Paintings on Death and Dying”
Tina Mion, artist
6:30 to 8 p.m., Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona

Aug. 7
“A Philosophy of Light and Space: James Turrell and the Roden Crater Art Project”
Matthew Goodwin
, lecturer, philosophy
6 to 7:30 p.m., La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz.

Aug. 14
“Central Banks, Austerity vs. Growth, and the Worrisome Dynamic of the Global Economy
Marc Chopin
, professor of economics
5:30 to 7 p.m., NAU’s Native American Cultural Center