ICAR Student Discusses Symposium in Iraq

Posted: March 6, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Julie Ryan-Silva, program officer at the Center for Global Education (CGE) and a master’s student at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), recounts her recent trip to Iraq at the ICAR brown bag lecture today from noon to 1:30 p.m. Ryan-Silva was one of 32 academicians invited to visit the country and participate in a symposium at the University of Baghdad about the crisis between Iraq and the United States.

Ryan-Silva will examine the goals and outcome of the academic symposium in light of her studies of conflict resolution. She will also speak about her interactions with Iraqi professors and students, and their opinions regarding the 12 years of conflict between the two countries.

While earning a B.A. in theology from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in international peace studies, Ryan-Silva studied in Jerusalem. After graduation, she returned to the Middle East as a Rotary Scholar at the American University in Cairo. She has worked with international students, immigrants, and refugees in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining CGE, she worked for the International Organization for Migration in Egypt, which included travel to Kenya, Cameroon, and Cote d’Ivoire.

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on research and practice of conflict resolution, and is held in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax.

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