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March 17, 2006

UI Faculty To Sponsor '15 Minutes To Stop The War' Teach-In March 22

A panel of University of Iowa faculty members will hold an open forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 during which the panelists will have 15 minutes to make arguments for stopping the war in Iraq. In turn, audience members will have an opportunity to react to the comments.

The event, which will be held in Room C-20 of the Pomerantz Center at the corner of North Capitol and East Market streets, is free and open to the public.

Invited speakers include anti-war protester David Goodner, who was recently arrested outside the White House for protesting without a permit; communication studies professor David Depew, associate professor Barbara Biesecker and assistant professor Mark Andrejevic; and journalism associate professor Gigi Durham and assistant professor Frank Durham.

Although the event is being called a teach-in, organizers are hoping for a lively exchange among panel members and attendees.

"We really hope for an open dialog," Andrejevic said. "The reason for taking this discussion outside of the classroom is to open things up and flatten them out to give students and others a chance to talk back as citizens."

Frank Durham said organizers chose the name for the teach-in, "15 Minutes To Stop The War," to signal a fast-paced and varied set of discussions about the war in Iraq.

"It would be false to pretend that all sides of this issue are equal: they represent profound differences," Durham said. "But to resolve them, public debate is essential. That is why we are inviting everyone -- opponents and supporters of the war -- to speak up at the teach-in."

For more information, contact Frank Durham at 319-335-3362, or at

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