Boston Marathon Bombing: Five Years On

  • Starts: 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Ends: 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Boston Marathon Bombing: Five Years On, a conference sponsored by the Boston University Community.

April 15, 2018 will be the fifth- year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. To commemorate this event, the BU Pardee School of Global Studies and other Boston University organizations are sponsoring a conference featuring first responders, a panel of international scholars to discuss terrorism, a panel of legal experts to explain how the US prosecutes terrorists, and an historical exhibit provided by BU’s Gotlieb Center. Two journalists who have written acclaimed books about the bombing are also scheduled to speak.

The event will be held Wednesday, 11 April 2018, from 1:00-5:30 p.m., followed by a networking session at Barrister’s Hall at the Boston University School of Law.

The conference is free of charge and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required. Please RSVP to

Agenda (subject to change):

• Introductory Remarks by Conference Coordinator: John D. Woodward, Jr., Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Pardee School.

• Overview of the Boston Marathon Bombing (Invited Speaker): Casey Sherman (BU Com ’93), Author of "Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph over Tragedy."

• Remembrances of the Marathon Bombing, 2013 -- Speaker: Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill, Dean of Marsh Chapel, BU.

• A Boston Police Officer Remembers Boylston Street -- Speaker: Kelley Nee, Chief of the BU Police and retired Boston Police Department deputy superintendent.

• Terrorism on the March: From the Northern Caucasus to New England -- Moderator: Joe Wippl, Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Pardee School -- Panelists include: Vesko Garčević, Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Pardee School; Dr. Gayane Novikova, Lecturer, Pardee School; Simon Saradzhyan, Founding Director, Russia Matters Project, Belfer Center, Harvard University.

• Prosecuting Terrorists: The Boston Marathon Bombing Case -- Moderator: Ahmed Ghappour, BU Associate Professor of Law --Panelists include: Rebecca Ingber, Associate Professor of Law, BU Law; Peter K. Levitt, Esq., (BU Law ’95), former Assistant US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

• Unanswered Questions about the Boston Marathon Bombing -- Speaker: Michele McPhee, Author of "Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon."

Barrister's Hall, School of Law - 765 Commonwealth Avenue