Clayton State Associate Professor of History Dr. Marko Maunula has been accepted as a 2011-12 Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). As a fellow, he will participate in a unique educational program that focuses on the threat of terrorism to democracies around the world, to be held in Israel from June11 to June 22, 2011.
The program consists of an intensive series of lectures by academics, diplomats, and military officials from India, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and the United States. Maunula will also be exposed to field trips to military police and immigration facilities throughout Israel.
The goal is to educate participants who are in a role to influence others directly about terrorism and how democratic states combat the threat. The combative techniques implementing in determining terroristic threat is produced through independent analyses of global terrorist threats that explore the historical, cultural, philosophical and ideological factors that drive terrorism and threaten the individual freedoms guaranteed within democratic societies.
This initiative goes hand-in-hand with the coursework that Maunula offers to Clayton State students. The course content of his Critical Trends and Issues in the Contemporary World (HIST 2750) examines the global significance of critical political, social, cultural, economic, and international trends since the fall of Communism. This course allows for a global perspective on the politics and understanding of regimes that have shaped the political climates of the past and present including those of terroristic cause.
Maunula’s interpretations of these issues coincides with the FDD’s intended spotlight on the impact such combative social groups pose on the very freedom of societies around the world. Additionally, Maunula will engage in understanding of terroristic threats currently embedding into the culture of demographics usually unrelated to known terroristic racial groups.
In his African American History (HIST 4001) course at Clayton State, Maunula creates an attitude among students that learning of critical historical observations of one specific minority can provide insight to understanding the growth of a particular racial group or the disappointments and setbacks that allow for its present social, political, and economical realities.
The asset that this fellowship will provide to Maunula will be undeniably a direct correlation to his influence in his course offerings at Clayton State. The initiatives that he will be allowed to give educational responses to will definitely be felt amongst the Clayton State community, not only with his continued teaching at Clayton State prior to the experience, but also the pride that Clayton State has for one of its own making moves on the global stage in the worlds’ understanding of terrorism against democracy.
Maunula has been a professor at Clayton State University since 2005. He holds a doctorate in the Fields of Interest: American South, Business and Economic History, Globalization Studies which solidifies him as the understandable recipient of the FDD’s Fellowship in Terrorism this summer.