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Aug. 29, 2006

Photos: Steve Clemons, left and Marwan Kraidy, right

Experts Will Dispel Middle Eastern Myths At Sept. 11 Talk

The International Mondays lecture series opens the new school year Sept. 11 with two experts on U.S. relations with the Middle East and the Arab media who will share their knowledge from personal and professional experiences.

Steve Clemons, an expert on U.S. relations with the Middle East, and Marwan Kraidy, an expert on the Arab media, will discuss "The Middle East: Dispelling Myths & Misperceptions" on the fifth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

Clemons will address U.S. policymakers' perspective on U.S. relations with the region and the implications of the gap between reality and policymakers' perceptions, while Kraidy will discuss the impact of pan-Arab media on the region and the link between new Arab media and U.S. relations in the Middle East.

This International Mondays lecture is sponsored by the Stanley Foundation, UI International Programs, the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, the Stanley-UI Support Foundation, and the Iowa City Public Library.

The International Mondays lecture series presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually held from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays throughout the academic year, with the exception of holidays and breaks. The lectures are free and open to the public, and light refreshments are served.

Clemons is the director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America's interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America's democratic way of life. He has been a long-term policy practitioner and entrepreneur in Washington, D.C., where he served as executive vice president of the Economic Strategy Institute, senior policy advisor on economic and international affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and the first executive director of the Nixon Center. Clemons is the publisher of the popular political blog "The Washington Note," and writes frequently on matters of foreign policy, defense and international economic policy. His work has appeared in many of the major leading op-ed pages, journals and magazines around the world.

Kraidy is the assistant professor of international communication and international relations at American University in Washington, D.C. He is also a scholar of global communication and culture and an expert on Arab media. His books include "Global Media Studies: Ethnographic Perspectives" (Routledge, 2003, co-editor) and "Hybridity, or, The Cultural Logic of Globalization" (Temple University Press, 2005, single author). He will be completing his current book manuscript, "Screens of Contention: Arab Media and the Challenges of Modernity," as a 2005-2006 Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He has given a number of lectures in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia on topics ranging from Arab reality television to theories of globalization and cultural hybridity.

For more information on this lecture, the International Mondays lecture series or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or

International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of 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: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Erin Vaughn.

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