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Dr. James Forest, UMASS Lowell Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

The 20th Annual School Safety Summit
October 1st, 2015

Homegrown Violent Extremists -- The Growing Threat

The 20th Annual School Safety Summit will take a close look at the growing threats of locally-based, homegrown terrorism and the role of social media in making radicalized views attainable to the masses, especially young people.  Groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda are using sophisticated online outreach and recruiting to inspire individuals to join their efforts or commit acts of terrorism here and abroad.  The head of the Boston FBI’s Counterterrorism efforts, Special Agent Ramsey will provide a history of this evolution and an overview of the threats we face from lone-wolf type of attacks. Forest will discuss the intersection of terrorist radicalization and education with a focus on how schools and communities can be a positive source of influence in a young person’s life.


Marian Ryan,  Middlesex District Attorney

Kieran Ramsey, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI Boston

James Forest, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Security Studies, UMASS Lowell


Thursday, October 1, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Conference Center at Bentley University, Waltham

$50 for members, $150 for non-members

Special Offer- Each member district may bring up to 10 participants for $150. All participants must be registered together on the MPY website and registration must be paid for by one purchase order or check.

Presenter Bios:

20th Annual School Safety Summit

Kieran Ramsey, FBI Boston Assistant Special Agent in Charge, has been with the FBI since 1998, serving in Seattle, Ground Zero in New York after the 9/11 attacks, the Regime Crimes Task Force in Baghdad, Iraq, and as Legal Attaché in Cairo, Egypt, where he led the FBI’s response to multiple terror attacks against U.S. citizens and U.S. installations and was responsible for all FBI investigations with a nexus to that region of the world. Having served as Operations Commander following the Boston Marathon bombing, Mr. Ramsey was promoted to the position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Counterterrorism Branch where he currently oversees all counterterrorism, crisis response, and training personnel in the Boston Division, to include the Boston Marathon Bombing Task Force and the five Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Boston, Western Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

James Forest, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Security Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also a Senior Fellow with the U.S. Joint Special Operations University, and a Visiting Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He previously served on the faculty of the United States Military Academy (2001-2010), six of those years as Director of Terrorism Studies, and led a series of research initiatives and education programs for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Dr. Forest has published 20 books and dozens of articles, and is co-editor of the international scholarly journal Perspectives on Terrorism. He has served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases, and has provided testimony to committee hearings of the U.S. Senate. His degrees are from Georgetown University, Stanford University and Boston College.


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Non-members: $150/person, no group rate.

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