WJU prof named fellow

WHEELING – The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced today that professor of Social Science, Dr. Minwoo Yun is named an “Academic Fellow” for 2009-10.

Yun is a professor of Social Science at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he has been employed since 2006.

“I am honored and looking forward to the chance to listen and participate in the opportunity we will have in Israel,” Yun said. “It will provide me with experiences that can benefit my students and the Wheeling community.”

Yun will travel to Israel at the beginning of June for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

“Terrorism is the greatest threat today to the world’s democracies, including the United States and our allies around the globe,” said Clifford May, president of FDD. “To win the war against terrorism, we must win the war of ideas by promoting democracy and defeating the totalitarian ideologies that drive and justify terrorism.”

“Our students are getting first hand information and research about the issue of terrorism from Dr. Yun,” said Dr. Letha Zook, WJU academic vice president. “Wheeling Jesuit is honored to have Dr. Yun as part of our faculty. He shares with us and our students a global understanding of a most current problem.”

The FDD Academic Fellows program provides a 10-day learning experience to U.S.-based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting edge information about defeating terrorist groups. The 2009 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from May 30 to June 10, includes lectures by academics, and military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey and the United States.

It also includes “hands on” experience through visits to police, customs, and immigration facilities, military bases, and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.

For more information on the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies or the Academic Fellowship program, please contact Bill McCarthy, Director of Communications, at 202-207-0190.