January 11, 2006

Committee on Peace Studies panel to discuss war in Iraq

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue experts in political science, history and natural resources will talk about current issues surrounding the debate over U.S. foreign policy in Iraq as part of a Jan. 22 on-campus panel discussion.

"The War in Iraq Today: Issues and Context" will take place from 7-9 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 206. The event, sponsored by the Committee on Peace Studies, is free and open to the public. Harry Targ, a professor in the Department of Political Science and Committee on Peace Studies coordinator, will moderate the panel.

Panelists will be Berenice Carroll, professor of political science, a member of the Committee on Peace Studies and the former director of the Women's Studies Program; Aaron Hoffman, assistant professor of political science and member of the Committee on Peace Studies; and Rabi Mohtar, a professor of environmental and natural resources engineering in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

The panelists have expertise in U.S. foreign policy, conflict resolution, the war on terrorism, natural resources and policy, and the Persian Gulf and Middle East. Short presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Event co-sponsors include the Department of Political Science, the Program in American Studies and the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition.

The Committee on Peace Studies, which is housed in the Department of Political Science, is an interdisciplinary committee of faculty from English, history, philosophy, women's studies, and child development and family studies. Purdue undergraduates can earn a 15-hour undergraduate minor on subjects covering issues of war and peace. The committee also brings speakers to campus and organizes presentations on issues related to peace and justice.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

Source: Harry Targ, (765) 494-4169, targ@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Related Web site:

Peace Studies at Purdue: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/idis/idis/programs/peacestudies.cfm


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