WILMINGTON -- Students and faculty crowded into a room in UNCW's Fisher Union Friday to discuss the conflict in Syria.
The forum was hosted by the history department at UNCW, the Team for Interdisciplinary Global Research and the university's Department of Public and International Affairs.
Alex Bohn is a political science major at UNCW, and while she feels like she has done her research when it comes to Syria, she is eager for more information.
"I've been watching the news, reading articles on the Internet..." Bohn said. "I'm not exactly sure if I'm convinced if they used chemical weapons or not, because they, obviously, haven't really released all of the information that the inspectors from the U.N. have collected."
Bohn was one of dozens of students who showed up for the university-hosted forum. Professors and other experts spoke on everything from Syria's political history to the importance of addressing misinformation.
Associate professor and forum moderator Dan Masters said, "Some people think that we're trying to jump into a civil war. I don't think that there's any indication that we're trying to do that."
Students were asked to anonymously show their support or opposition on a number of issues related to the conflict by raising their hands.
Masters said attempts to reach a peaceful resolution are continuing among world leaders.
"The purpose of this initial negotiation is to test the waters for how serious this is," said Masters.
And he added he hopes, by expressing their own opinions and listening to the opinions of others, students develop a more rounded outlook and more informed viewpoints.
"We give some information, but we try to field people's questions. Sometimes a lot of misperception builds up around these events," said Masters.