Talks Describe Current Conditions in Iraq

Posted: August 22, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The university community is invited to a brown bag lunch today where Julie Ryan-Silva and Amr Abdalla share their first-hand experiences in Iraq this summer. The brown bag begins at noon in the Johnson Center, Room 239A.

Abdalla, a senior fellow with the Peace Operations Policy Program in the School of Public Policy, will share reflections on his visit to Iraq from an Arab-American perspective. Ryan-Silva, a program officer at the Center for Global Education and a master’s student at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, will discuss her findings regarding the current state of higher education in Iraq, focusing on the University of Baghdad. Ryan-Silva traveled to Iraq both this summer and last with an academic delegation comprised of students and professors from across America who went to learn more about Iraq, engage with professors and students, and show support for Iraqi people.

“Iraqi professors and students are eager for open and equal exchange with the international academic community, from one-to-one e-mail exchange to large-scale projects,” says Ryan-Silva. “I encourage the George Mason community to reach out to Iraqi academics. We all have a lot to learn from each other.”

For more information, call Ryan-Silva at (703) 993-2170.

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