George Mason, University of Baghdad Students Hold Discussion on Al-Jazeera

Posted: February 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sharon Taylor

George Mason’s Center for Global Education (CGE) and Al-Jazeera, a Middle East-based TV network, have arranged for a dialogue between George Mason students and students from the University of Baghdad. The dialogue, held tomorrow from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will be broadcast in Harris Theatre.

The live broadcast, which will reach millions of viewers in the Middle East, will be shown on “Open Dialogue,” a regular Al-Jazeera feature, hosted by Ghassan Bin-Jeddo.

“The purpose of the dialogue is a to have a constructive and respectful exchange, and to learn from one another,” says Yahuda Lukacs, director and associate provost for CGE. Recognizing that the prospect of war between the United States and Iraq is on everyone’s mind, Lukacs says the organizers want to cover a variety of topics, with multiple perspectives.

Students interested in participating in the program should submit a brief statement to include a paragraph stating the student’s interests, his or her major, and a sample question the student would like to ask the Iraqi students. For more information, contact Julie Ryan-Silva at

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