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Release: Sept. 26, 2001
Middle East correspondent's Oct. 2 UI visit is cancelled
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Award-winning journalist Robert Fisk will not come to
the University of Iowa as scheduled Oct. 2-3. Fisk was scheduled to give a
free, public lecture in the Iowa Memorial Union, and to speak with the Iowa
City Foreign Relations Council on Oct. 2. He was also scheduled to read from
his book Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War, on Oct. 3. He has canceled
his U.S. tour in light of uncertainty surrounding the nation's response to
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. No rescheduled date has been made.
Fisk writes for London's "Independent" newspaper and has interviewed
Islamic militant leader Osama bin Laden on multiple occasions. Fisk cited
the need to remain in Europe, ready to report news from the region in case
the United States initiates military action as a response to the terrorist
The University of Iowa Lecture Committee and the student organization, Iowans
for Peace with Iraq, each had planned to feature Fisk as a speaker.
Other Iowans for Peace events scheduled to take place Oct. 1-5 as part of
Middle East Education Week will take place as scheduled, beginning at 7:30
p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, "Applying Human Rights Principles in the Middle
East: International Law vs. Reality." The lecture features panelists
Marcella David, UI law professor; Bruce Nestor, president, National Lawyers
Guild; and Jennifer Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The lecture
will be moderated by Rex Honey, program chair, UI Global Studies.
For a complete list of Iowans for Peace with Iraq events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~ipiraq/meew.