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Raed Jarrar to present talk on why the Iraqis want the U.S. out of Iraq?

10/8/2008 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley is pleased to present its 2008 Faculty Lecture Series, which aims to enhance the academic year by inviting scholars from a variety of disciplines to campus.  The October lecture will feature Raed Jarrar, an architect, political analyst, and blogger, who will discuss the situation in Iraq at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 in the Atrium at the Fogelsville campus.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.   Raed Jarrar is an architect, political analyst, and blogger currently based in Washington D.C.  He was born in Baghdad and spent most of his life in Iraq. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he was the country director for CIVIC Worldwide, which was the only door-to-door casualty survey group in post-war Iraq. He established Emaar, a grassroots organization that provided humanitarian and political aid to Iraqi internally displaced persons. 

Jarrar moved to the U.S. in 2005 and has continued to work on a number of Iraq related projects. Since 2006, he has been the Iraq Project Director of the NGO, Global Exchange, where he works to facilitate dialogue through face-to-face meetings between U.S. and Iraqi leaders. Jarrar is an analyst and contributing writer for Foreign Policy in Focus. He has been featured as an Iraq expert on several media outlets including CNN, Aljazeera, Al-Alam, BBC, Democracy Now, Pacifica, BBC, NPR, CBC, CBS, and FOX. He also maintains the blog "Raed in the Middle" at http://raedinthemiddle.blogspot.com/.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the University Relations Office at 610-285-5067.

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