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Release: Sept. 26, 2001

Middle East correspondent's Oct. 2 UI visit is cancelled

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Award-winning journalist Robert Fisk will not come to the University of Iowa as scheduled Oct. 2-3. Fisk was scheduled to give a free, public lecture in the Iowa Memorial Union, and to speak with the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council on Oct. 2. He was also scheduled to read from his book “Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War,” on Oct. 3. He has canceled his U.S. tour in light of uncertainty surrounding the nation's response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. No rescheduled date has been made.

Fisk writes for London's "Independent" newspaper and has interviewed Islamic militant leader Osama bin Laden on multiple occasions. Fisk cited the need to remain in Europe, ready to report news from the region in case the United States initiates military action as a response to the terrorist attacks.

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee and the student organization, Iowans for Peace with Iraq, each had planned to feature Fisk as a speaker.

Other Iowans for Peace events scheduled to take place Oct. 1-5 as part of Middle East Education Week will take place as scheduled, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, "Applying Human Rights Principles in the Middle East: International Law vs. Reality." The lecture features panelists Marcella David, UI law professor; Bruce Nestor, president, National Lawyers Guild; and Jennifer Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The lecture will be moderated by Rex Honey, program chair, UI Global Studies.

For a complete list of Iowans for Peace with Iraq events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~ipiraq/meew.