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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 30, 2003

Zogby To Discuss Middle East Policy And Civil Liberties Nov. 3

James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, a Washington, D.C.- based organization, will talk about "Critical Choices for America 2004: Middle East Policy and Civil Liberties" on Monday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. The talk is sponsored by the institute and University of Iowa International Programs.

Zogby has led Arab American efforts to secure political empowerment in the U.S. Through voter registration, education and mobilization, the institute has moved Arab Americans into the political mainstream. He hosts "Viewpoint with James Zogby" on Abu Dhabi Television, and since 1992 Zogby has also been writing a weekly column on U.S. politics for major Arab newspapers. His column, "Washington Watch," is currently published in 14 Arab countries. Zogby has authored a number of books including two recent publications, "What Ethnic Americans Really Think" and "What Arabs Think: Values, Beliefs and Concerns."

For more information on the institute, visit or call the institute's Iowa Organizer, Valerie Smith, at 319-651-3354. For special accommodation to attend the talk, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic program and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Valerie Smith, 319-651-3354; Writer: Mansi Bhatia