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Eau Claire Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice
To Sponsor Special Events at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  Sept. 11, 2003

EAU CLAIRE —The Eau Claire Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will sponsor a lecture and panel discussion Sept. 23 and 24 on women’s perspectives on Iraq and the Middle East.

Dr. Rania Masri will deliver the keynote lecture, “Reconstructing or Deconstructing Iraq,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. A human rights advocate and environmental scientist, Masri is an Arab-American and the director of the Southern Peace Research and Education Center at the Institute for Southern Studies in Durham, N.C.

Earlier on Tuesday, Masri will conduct a workshop on public speaking for political activists from 2 to 4 p.m. This free workshop is limited to 20 participants on a first-come basis. To register, contact Theresa Kemp, tkemp@uwec.edu.

At noon Wednesday, Sept. 24, Masri will be joined by Dr. Mary Layoun and Jennifer Loewenstein for a panel discussion at the Hibbard Penthouse. Dr. Layoun, an Arab-American peace and justice activist, is a professor of comparative literature at UW-Madison. Loewenstein is a senior lecturer in business communications at UW-Madison and a long-time human rights activist. She lived and worked in Beirut, Lebanon, in the Bourj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp during the summers of 2000 and 2001 and in the Gaza Strip at the Mezan Center for Human Rights for five months in 2002.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Loewenstein’s exhibit of photographs taken at the Jenin refugee camp and the Gaza Strip will be on display in the Hibbard Penthouse.

All events are free and open to the public. UW-Eau Claire faculty and students especially are encouraged to attend.

Support for this program has been provided by the UW-Eau Claire Professional Development Program; Center for International Education; College of Arts & Sciences; the departments of economics, English, philosophy and religious studies, and political science and the women’s studies program at UW-Eau Claire; Eau Claire Association of University Women; Eau Claire Women in Black; and the Eau Claire Unitarian Universalists’ Social Responsibility Committee.

For more information, contact Kemp at 836-2042.

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Updated: September 11, 2003