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Writer and Filmmaker Tariq Ali to Speak
at UW-Eau Claire's Forum Event

RELEASED: Nov. 13, 2008

Tariq Ali
Tariq Ali

EAU CLAIRE — Writer, journalist and filmmaker Tariq Ali will speak on The Forum lecture series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Nov. 19. His address, "U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Ali's presentation will center on Pakistan, the likely home of Osama Bin Laden and safe house for the Taliban forces fighting NATO in Afghanistan. His most recent book, "The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power," was published in September.

"Whoever wins the U.S. presidential election will have to deal with the volatile mix that is today's Pakistan," wrote reviewer Bruce Riedel, author of "The Search for Al Qaeda," in The Washington Post. "'The Duel' makes a strong case that the United States should back Pakistan's civilian leadership, flawed as it is, in an effort to build a modern Islamic democracy. That will require much more economic aid, creative diplomacy to ease tensions with Afghanistan and India, straight talk about ending Pakistan's ties to terrorism, and patience. It will take time to recover from the Bush-Musharraf legacy, but we cannot afford a failed state in Pakistan, especially one that bears the label Made in the U.S.A."

Ali's other books on politics and world history include "The Clash of Fundamentalisms," "Bush in Babylon," "Rough Music: Blair Bombs London Baghdad Terror," and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Axis of Hope." He also has written scripts for both screen and stage, and fiction, including "The Stone Woman" and "A Sultan in Palermo." "Shadow of the Pomegranate Tree," the first novel of his Islam Quintet, was awarded the Archbishop San Clemente del Instituto Rosalia de Castro Prize for best foreign-language fiction after it was published in Spain in 1994.

Tariq Ali was born in 1943 in Lahore, a city that was then part of British-ruled India and is now located in Pakistan. He comes from a famous Punjabi political family; he is the son of journalist Mazhar Ali Khan and activist mother Tahira Mazhar Ali Khan. Ali was educated at Oxford University, where he became involved in the movement against the war in Vietnam. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and writes for publications including The Nation, the Guardian, Counterpunch and the London Review of Books.

The Forum program will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Ali's presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and an informal reception and book signing.

Tickets for The Forum are $8 for the public, $6 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $4 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are half-price ($2) until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students will be required to pay the full student ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, and will be sold at the door. Tickets for all campus events also are on sale at the Service Center's ticket office in the main lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center. The ticket outlet is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is closed during holidays and academic breaks.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for The Forum.

In its 67th season, The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and administered by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers.

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JS/NW

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