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Release: Feb. 11, 2003

Political Science Department Sponsors Forum on U.S. Intervention In Iraq

The University of Iowa department of political science will sponsor a public forum on U.S. intervention in Iraq on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Buchanan Auditorium, Room W10 in the Pappajohn Business Building. This event is free and open to the public. It is part of the department's Bose Lecture Series.

The forum will convene a panel of experts on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East from the UI faculty, the Stanley Foundation and the Aliber/Hillel Jewish Student Center. The evening will begin with a discussion among the panelists moderated by a faculty member from the UI department of political science. After the initial presentation, panelists will take questions from the audience.

Panelists include:

Gary Segura, associate professor of political science and an expert on the relationship between war and public opinion;

Gerald L. Sorokin, director of the Aliber/Hillel Jewish Student Center and a scholar of U.S. foreign policy regarding Iran and Iraq, Middle East alliances, and UN peacekeeping;

Jeannie Sowers, a visiting instructor of political science who is completing a Ph.D. in politics and Middle East studies from Princeton University;

Reza Aslan, a visiting assistant professor of religious studies and an expert on religion and politics in the Middle East;

and Michael Kraig, a program officer in global governance and U.S. foreign policy at the Stanley Foundation in Muscatine.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the political science department in advance at 319-335-2358.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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