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Regent University to Host Virtual Event to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Regent University to Host Virtual Event to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (August 16, 2021) – September 11, 2001, was a day that changed America. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary, Regent University’s Robertson School of Government will host a virtual event – 9/11: A 20-year Retrospective – on September 9, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. ET. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Register for this must-see event at

“Many still struggle with the events of September 11, 2001,” said Michele Bachmann, dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. “Through this monumental event, we will honor and remember those who lost their lives, and we will explore key issues surrounding the events of September 11.”

Expert speakers and panelists will examine terrorism from a historical perspective, discuss contemporary issues facing America, and look toward the future. Featured speakers include Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Intelligence Committee Chairman Ambassador Pete Hoekstra, NYC Police Chief on 9/11 Bernie Kerik, FBI Agent Brig Barker, and more.  

Schedule of Events:

  • Opening Remarks: Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson
  • Prayer: Dean Michele Bachmann
  • Worship
  • Interview
    • Moderator – Dean Michele Bachmann
    • Former NYC Police Chief on 9/11, Mr. Bernie Kerik
  • Speaker: Former FBI Agent, Mr. Brig Barker
  • Interview
    • Moderator – Dr. Eric Patterson
    • Rebuilding After Radicalism: A Frontline Account from Iraq after Isis – Dr. Yvette Isaac and Ms. Jackie Isaac
  • Speaker: Author and Speaker, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
  • Lunch Keynote and Q&A
    • Moderator – Dean Michele Bachmann
    • On the Front Lines and in the Fire: An Inside Account of the Response to 9/11 – Attorney General John Ashcroft
  • Regent Remembers: Moderator – Mr. Bill Federer
  • Panel: Terrorism Retrospective
    • Moderator – Dr. Mary Manjikian
    • Terrorism as a Violation of Just War Principles – Dr. Marc LiVecche
    • The Terrorist Mindset: Understanding Terrorist Motivations, Psychology and Worldview – Mr. Brig Barker
    • Terrorists Among Us: The European Landscape – Ambassador Pete Hoekstra
    • Defining Terrorism: Ancient and Modern Definitions – Dr. Mary Manjikian
  • Speaker: Col. John Eidsmoe
  • Panel: The Origins and History of Violent Islamism
    • Moderator – Dr. A.J. Nolte
    • Aggressive Secularism in the Muslim World: A Solution or Part of the Problem? – Mr. Jeremy Barker
    • How Not “Getting Religion” Prevented an Effective U.S. Government Response – Dr. Eric Patterson
    • Christian Responses to Islam after 9/11 – Ms. Jennifer Murff
  • Interview
    • Moderator – Dean Michele Bachmann
    • Ambassador Pete Hoekstra (Retired)
  • Interview
    • Moderator – Dr. A.J. Nolte
    • The Current and Future Status of Violent Islamism – Mr. Daveed Gartenstein Ross
  • Panel: The Future of Terrorist Threats
    • Moderator – Dr. Joshua Hastey
    • The Role of “Privateers” in the Provision of Cybersecurity. Threats Related to Technology – Professor Thomas Folsom, J.D.
    • Biomedical Intelligence and the Future Threat – Dr. James Wilson V, FAAP
    • China and the Threat of Cyber Terrorism – Mr. J. Michael Waller
  • Speaker: General Secretary of Nahdlatul Ulama, Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf
    • Understanding and Countering the Threat of Islamic Extremism: A Call for a New Global Alliance
  • Speaker: Mr. Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
    • Future Threats
  • Closing Remarks and Prayer
    • Dean Michele Bachmann

To register for this free virtual event, visit


About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University, ranked among top national universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.