Many in the Wesleyan community have been focused on the horrific attacks in Paris last night, and our hearts go out to the victims, their families and friends. As soon as we received word of the events, our staff began locating the undergraduates enrolled in our study abroad program there. I want the Wesleyan community to know that all our students are accounted for and safe.
The attacks in Paris were meant to create terror in everyday life, and we have seen similar attempts in various parts of the world over the last several years. Since writing this post initially, I have read more about recent heinous attacks on civilians in Beirut and and Baghdad. The geography of cruelty is sadly capacious. Mixed with our revulsion at this brutality is a determination to struggle against the tyranny of violence. Educational institutions depend on eliminating violence, and I trust that the Wesleyan community will stand in solidarity with people around the world in this effort. There is much work to be done — on campus, locally and internationally.
Our hearts go out to those who are suffering in the wake of these attacks. May the time not be distant when we can give peace and justice the attention so often now taken up by violence.