Columbus State University To Host ISIS Expert During Hallock Lecture Series

Gartenstein-RossCOLUMBUS, Ga. --- Columbus State University will host global terrorist affairs and ISIS expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Monday, Oct. 12 during the Col. Richard R. Hallock Lecture Series presented by CSU’s Department of Politics, Philosophy and Public Administration.

Gartenstein-Ross, now a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, was once an Islamic extremist. Pulling from personal experience, he will seek to explain ISIS’s mission to revive the Holy War, discuss the terrorist organization’s sophisticated use of social media rhetoric and examine other current international affairs.

“Not all learning happens in a classroom,” said Thomas Dolan, CSU professor of political science and director of the Hallock Lecture Series. “Our students have the opportunity to listen to an expert. I encourage them to come and get informed.”

Gartenstein-Ross is also CEO of Valens Global, a consulting firm focusing on challenges of violent non-state actors, an assistant professor for Georgetown University’s security studies program and a professor at the Catholic University of America.

His visit begins the ninth year of the Hallock Lecture Series, named after Col. Richard R. Hallock, a career military officer and aide to former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in CSU’s Cunningham Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Dolan at 706-507-8727 or