UGA to hold April 13 symposium on terrorism’s effects

Athens, Ga. – Four Israeli experts on the effects of terrorism will speak at the University of Georgia April 13. Estelle Rubinstein, a social worker at Hadassah Hospital of Jerusalem, will summarize that hospital’s emergency responses to a mass-casualty event. She will be followed by three Israeli professors who have long studied the effects of terrorism on children and others in the civilian population. The event will be held in the Chapel on North Campus at 9:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

The symposium, aimed at health-care providers and law enforcement, is sponsored by the UGA Office of International Education, the Israel Consulate General and the UGA School of Social Work.

Mark Lusk, UGA associate provost for international affairs, has assembled the team of scholars and practitioners to help prepare Georgia for responding to a terrorist attack.

“Israel has a long history of managing the aftereffects of a terrorist event and the United States has a great deal to learn from that small country’s expertise in treating the victims of terrorism,” said Lusk. “Exposure to terrorism can have long-lasting traumatic effects and our health care community must be prepared to respond appropriately should a terrorist event occur in our state or region.