The Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU is set to hold a second panel conversation addressing Terrorism. The panel will focus on what may be done about domestic and foreign terrorism. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, at 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union’s Century Theater at NDSU.

Panelists include:

Dr. Roby C. Barrett

Security and Intelligence Operations Expert, Senior Fellow Joint Special Operations

University, Regional Expert, Middle East Institute,

Kara S. Careaga, Agent 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security

Jeffrey B. Bumgarner, Ph.D.

Department Head and Professor, Criminal Justice and Political Science,

North Dakota State University.

Jeffery Bumgarner will moderate the panel.


The panel will address questions, such as:

  1. Are there some movements associated with political, ideological, or religious violence within the U.S. that should garner more attention from law enforcement than others?  Given limited resources, how do we prioritize the threats and potential threats to be addressed?
  1. In many cases, the actions and policies of foreign countries contribute to the threat of terrorism globally and within our borders.   In some cases, those countries may have other shared interests with the U.S. or even be allies at some level.  With respect to concerns about terrorism, should we treat foreign countries differently based on their relationship with us?  If the answer is yes, is it realpolitik or mere hypocrisy?
  1. What should average Americans do about terrorism?
  1. Given the political climate in the U.S. today in which so many enforcement actions and investigative decisions are seen as having a political angle, how difficult is it for career counterterrorism professionals to operate?  What needs to happen for Americans to continue to have faith in the law enforcement and intelligence bureaucracy?  For the bureaucracy to have faith in the leadership?

Questions from the audience are highly encouraged.

The Northern Plains Ethics Institute’s mission is to promote democratic participation in social and ethical issues affecting the Northern Plains and beyond.  The NPEI fulfills its charge by engaging citizens in various discussions focusing on what kind of society they want to live in and how they go about creating it.

The Center for Bioethics at Cedarville University, the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU, and the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health’s conference

Clinical Ethics and Conscience Rights

Thursday, June 6 – Saturday, June 8, 2019
Cedarville University
Cedarville, OH

Call for Paper and Presentation Abstracts

Submissions are invited from all fields as well as on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary issues that cut across professions such as biomedical, educational, public health and research.

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words in length. Please send as an email attachment to Dennis Sullivan at with “Clinical Ethics and Conscience Rights submission” in the subject line.

Selected conference papers will be published in the Academy’s Elsevier journal: Ethics, Medicine and Public Health (

Keynote address by:

Robert George

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence

Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

Princeton University

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

For additional information, please contact Dennis Sullivan at: or 937-766-7573, or Dennis Cooley at or 701-231-7038