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CREATE and The USC School of Cinematic Arts present a special panel discussion Terror: On the Screen / On the Ground

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, CREATE (National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events), in partnership with the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, presents a dynamic, moderated discussion on the state of Terrorism; how it's portrayed in film and television and what's current in the real world.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The Ray Stark Family Theater, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Panelists will include writers of film and television, including:

  • Homeland Writer/Executive Producer ALEX CARY
  • 24: Live Another Day Executive Producer/Showrunner EVAN KATZ
  • The Siege Author/Screenwriter/Playwright LAWRENCE WRIGHT

And two former seasoned FBI agents:

  • RANDY PARSONS (20 year FBI veteran/DHS/current Director of Security, Long Beach Port Authority)
  • DR. ERROLL G. SOUTHERS (FBI Counterterrorism & SWAT/current USC professor, author)

This discussion will take a look at how terrorism is depicted in media and give insights into the real world of combatting terrorism, radicalization, torture and other tactics. The discussion will be moderated by BONNIE REISS, Global Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute.

Scenes from a variety of films that illustrate topics such as radicalization, torture and suicide bombings will be screened and discussed by a panel of experts from the film industry and the counter-terrorism field. This event will be both educational and entertaining while examining the effect of dramatization on the realistic portrayal of the serious and chilling subject of terrorism. This process affords participants insight into the real world of combatting terrorism as well as how film research and story-telling is conducted in these topic areas.

For more details: http://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=14017#sthash.7YFC5KPi.dpuf

Parking - The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Lot M at 34th & Watt Way, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

About CREATE - Established in 2004, CREATE is an interdisciplinary national research center funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and based at the University of Southern California in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the Viterbi School of Engineering. The Center is focused on risk and economic analysis of the U.S. and comprises a team of experts from across the country, including partnerships with numerous universities and research institutions. CREATE's mission is to improve our Nation's security through the development of advanced models and tools for the evaluation of the risks, costs and consequences of terrorism and to guide economically viable investments in homeland security. See more about CREATE at: www.usc.edu/create

SOURCE National Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)

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