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Release: Oct. 15, 2001

UI groups hold teach-in on Afghanistan Oct. 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Several University of Iowa student groups, including Iowans for Peace with Iraq, will host a teach-in on Afghanistan Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library. The program's organizers are hopeful that the teach-in can help explain the events that precipitated the Sept. 11 attacks and educate the public about the country where the suspected terrorists may be hiding,

Four guest speakers, all of whom have ranging expertise on Middle Eastern culture and issues, are expected to address the history leading up to the military strikes against Afghanistan, the role of religion in the crisis, and the influence media coverage is having on the war and public perception.

The scheduled speakers are Roger Plunk, an international mediator and author of "The Wandering Peacemaker"; Kenneth MacDonald, UI geography professor who has expertise in Pakistanian issues; Reza Aslan, visiting UI professor of Islamic studies and an expert on religion and politics in the Middle East; and John F. Garcia, UI professor in the classics department.

The event is organized also sponsored by Students Against Sweatshops, General Union of Palestinian Students, the International Socialist Organization, and a broad coalition of other student organizations, community groups and individuals. For more information, contact Monica Sandschafer at (319) 688-9508.