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Sami Rasouli to Speak for Inaugural Eberth Alarcón Peace and Justice Memorial Lecture

RELEASED: March 27, 2008

Sami Rasouli
Sami Rasouli

EAU CLAIRE — The Eberth Alarcón Peace and Justice Memorial Lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present "Eyewitness: Iraq" with Sami Rasouli, founder of the Muslim Peacemakers Team, at 7 p.m. March 31 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The lecture is free and all are invited.

This inaugural lecture presentation will include a slide show and a question and answer session. Iraqi artwork also will be for sale to support the peace keeping efforts of non-governmental organizations and the artists in Iraq.

Rasouli, who has dual Iraqi/American citizenship, was the owner of Sinbad's Restaurant in Minneapolis, a pioneer in introducing Middle Eastern culture to the area. More than four years ago, after the beginning of the war in Iraq, he left his business and moved back to his home in the Najaf area to try to help his country and his people, acting as an activist and peacemaker. Because he speaks both languages and has experienced both cultures, he is in a unique position and has since made periodic reports on his journey. This is the fifth trip he has made back to the United States since moving back to Iraq. He founded the Muslim Peacemakers Team, which is modeled after the Christian Peacemaker Teams established in 1986. Rasouli charges no speaker's fee but accepts donations to continue his work in Iraq.

More information on the Muslim Peacemakers Team, see the group's Web site.

The Eberth Alarcón Peace and Justice Memorial Lecture was created as a tribute to the life of Dr. Eberth Alarcón, associate professor of mathematics at UW-Eau Claire, who died Sept. 26, 2006, after a battle against acute leukemia. Alarcón was known for his energy and passion for teaching and social justice.

This lecture is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice, the Progressive Student Association, Veterans for Peace, and the Red Cedar Peace Initiative.

For more information, contact Karen Pope at popekj@uwec.edu or 715-529-0272.

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