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About dgriffith

Dave Griffith is Assistant Professor of English at Sweet Briar College. He is the author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America.

Framing Sageman’s account of how terrorists are made

While doing mid term grades, I came across this passage in one of the Aslan reflective essays that I think warrants sharing: [Aslan writes:] A cosmic war transforms those who should be considered butchers and thugs into soldiers sanctioned by … Continue reading

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Imane and Sanae Laghriss (and other references in Sageman reading)

In today’s reading, Sageman attributes the radicalization of Imane and Sanae Laghriss to a number of factors, beginning with the highly publicized death of Mohamed al-Dura (see the photo below), a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy killed in September 30, 2000 when … Continue reading

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Reading and blog post for Wednesday’s Class

  For Wednesday’s class we will be reading a chapter from my book A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America.  In part, I wrote this book in response to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, … Continue reading

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The legality of killing terrorists

The killing of Al Qaeda leader Anwar al Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, has sparked debate about the limits of Presidential power and the legal intricacies of prosecuting the War on Terror. US law is clear that citizens have rights that … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Aslan Reflective Essays

Content-related issues Topics are not themes.  A theme is an identifiable strand of argumentation that you can trace throughout a text. The personal can get in the way of sound argumentation and logic. Relatively few mentions of “Cosmic War” Mechanical-issues … Continue reading

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Annotation exercise example

After reading Aslan’s one of the things I was struck by was how important it was for me to have had some knowledge of the evolution of Christian theology and popular faith/belief.  Aslan’s evokes the terms “liberation theology” and “evangelical,” and … Continue reading

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Visualizing the Unspeakable

In addition to teaching creative writing courses in nonfiction at Sweet Briar (personal essay and memoir), I teach journalism, so I am constantly looking for Web-based tools for journalists to use when trying to explain complex issues and events.  One tool … Continue reading

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