AMHERST, Mass. (AP) – Colleagues, friends and family members of slain journalist James Foley are gathering at his Alma Mater to honor his legacy.
The two-day event entitled “The Task of Witnessing: A Symposium in Honor of James W. Foley ” is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Foley was a freelance journalist who went to Syria in 2012 to cover the country’s war. He was captured and was beheaded by Islamic State militants in a video released in August 2014.
The symposium will begin with a screening of the film “Jim: The James Foley Story,” followed by a discussion with Foley’s parents. The event continues Tuesday with panel discussions and readings.
Foley was a New Hampshire resident who earned his master’s degree in writing at UMass Amherst.