ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Oct. 18, 2012) – The USF St. Petersburg Honors Program presents Mia Bloom, an author and leading terrorism scholar, in the Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Bloom, associate professor of International Studies and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, will speak at USF St. Petersburg about her latest book, Bombshell: Women and Terrorism (2011).
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Davis Hall 130. It is part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Honors Program in the coming months. Bloom’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Florida Holocaust Museum.
“We are excited that Mia Bloom is coming to USF St. Petersburg to offer her unique perspective on this important topic,’’ said Thomas Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of government and international affairs and director of the USFSP Honor Program. “She looks at terrorism in a way that we don’t often consider because a woman is not usually the image we see when we think of terrorism. “
In her latest book, Bloom traces the motivations of women terrorists, as well as the coercion and social control that drive women toward violence. She has done field work in Turkey, Sri Lanka, Israel, and Northern Ireland and speaks eight languages.
In her first book, Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Bloom explored the social and political motivations that inspire suicide bombers. She argued that terrorists tend to operate with the consent of their public supporters. That consent can be withdrawn. She also showed how harsh counter-terror tactics feed “the contagion of violence.”
Bloom’s talk coincides with an Honors Program seminar this semester on international terrorism.
The Honors Program at USF St. Petersburg offers academically gifted, highly motivated students an exceptional experience that broadens and deepens their undergraduate education. A distinguished faculty guides special seminars and lectures and provide Honors students with an array of research opportunities culminating in an original senior thesis.
Next spring, the Honors Program plans two lectures by national experts on the impact of social media in international affairs and a roundtable discussion in late March with diplomats, journalists and academics for USFSP International Week.
For more information on the Mia Bloom’s lecture or the Honors Program, call (727) 873-4872.