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Speaker to discuss “What Makes a Suicide Attacker?”


The University of Chicago’s Feodor Lynen Research Fellow Arata Takeda will be on campus on Monday, March 11, at 11 a.m., in Illinois College’s Sibert Theatre to deliver a presentation regarding “What Makes a Suicide Attacker? Perspectives from Literature.”

The question of what makes a suicide attacker has been addressed by various disciplines ranging from anthropology and psychology to religious studies and political science. In the presentation Takeda will explore what literature and imagination have to say about the making and the evaluation of suicide attackers.

Fluent in seven languages, Takeda received his undergraduate education at International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. He spent a year at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy, and earned graduate degrees from the University of Tübingen, Germany, where he has also taught courses on modern German literature and comparative literature.


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