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Release: Sept. 20, 2001

EDITOR'S NOTE: Media interviews with Fisk likely can be arranged prior to the Oct. 2 lecture. Contact UI Lecture Committee Chair, Thomas Kroeger at (319) 335-3255 for more information.

Osama bin Laden interviewer, Middle East correspondent to address terrorism Oct. 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for the London's "Independent" newspaper, who, on multiple occasions has interviewed Islamic militant leader Osama bin Laden, will address Middle Eastern issues at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The address is free and open to the public.

Fisk's well-regarded perspective on Middle East terrorism will serve as the backdrop for his lecture, which is part of the Middle East Education Week, a program sponsored by the following student organizations: Iowans for Peace with Iraq, the General Union of Palestinian Students, and the Iowa International Socialist Organization. Fisk also appears at the UI as a 2001-02 UI Lecture Series guest speaker.

Fisk won the Amnesty International UK Press Awards in 1998 for his reports from Algeria, and in 2000, for his articles on the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, and has received recognition for international journalism.

He received a doctorate in political science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, in 1985 and an honorary doctorate of literature and journalism from the University of Lancaster, England. He was the "Times Belfast" correspondent from 1971 to 1975, and the Middle East correspondent from 1976 to 1987. He has covered the recent conflict in Northern Ireland, Israeli invasions of Lebanon, the Iranian Revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He has also covered the Gulf War, and wars in Bosnia and Algeria, Palestinian uprisings, and NATO's war with Yugoslavia.

Fisk recently contributed to "Iraq Under Siege: the Deadly Impact on Sanctions of War (2000), and wrote Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War (1990, 1992), and In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster, and the Price of Neutrality (1982, 1983).