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April 7, 2005

April 13 Lecture Re-Thinks Islamic, American Constructs Of War On Terrorism

Kousar J. Azam, a visiting Fulbright professor from India, will examine the United States' perception of Islam's link to terrorism and the Islamic world's reciprocal view on the topic. Azam's lecture, "U.S. Foreign Policy, Islam and the War on Terrorism," will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Room 140, Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

"Islam has been perceived as legitimizing terrorism, and conversely, for some, U.S. foreign policy has also been perceived as encouraging terrorist groups when this is considered pragmatic," Azam said. "In this scenario, the only feasible option for both the United States and 'Islamicists' appears to be to revise and rethink."

Azam is a political science professor from Osmania University in India, and has been co-editor of "The Indian Journal of American Studies." She is also the author of "Tribal Separatism in India" (1966) and "Political Aspects of National Integration in India" (1980), and editor of "India's Defense Policy for the 1990s" (1990), "Discourse in Trust: U.S. South Asia Relations" (1999), and "Ethnicity, Identity and State in South Asia" (2000). Within American Studies, she most recently edited a volume titled, "Rediscovering America: American Studies in the New Century" (2000). She has been the recipient of Ford and Fulbright fellowships and a Rockefeller Award in American Studies.

The UI International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS) sponsors Azam's lecture, with support from UI International Programs. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Danielle Rich at 319-335-2476.

IFUSS works to internationalize the practice of "American Studies" in the United States by placing foreign and domestic scholars in dialogue. Simultaneously, it fosters scholarly relations across multiple national boundaries and regions outside the United States by bringing scholars from all parts of the globe together for shared research residencies and conferences.

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

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