[Vision2020] Iraq teach-in Thursday 1/16 at UI

Kenton Bird kentonbird@hotmail.com
Tue, 14 Jan 2003 10:13:02 -0800

Peace groups in Moscow and Pullman are teaming up to sponsor a "teach-in" on 
Thursday, Jan. 16, to explore issues related to possible U.S. military 
action in Iraq.
        The program, titled "Our War Against Iraq? Real questions, real 
alternatives," will begin at 7 p.m. in the courtroom of the University of
Idaho's College of Law, 6th and Rayburn in Moscow.  It is free and open to 
the public.  The courtroom is accessible to persons using wheelchairs.
        The event is sponsored by the UI Alliance for Justice, a student 
group, and the Palouse Peace Coalition, a recently formed alliance of peace 
activists in Moscow and Pullman.   Speakers will address the following 
topics: the legality and justification for  the war; the nature of the 
threat from Iraq; U.S. motives in the Middle East; the role of the news 
media in reporting the conflict, and possible alternatives to war.
        Speakers include Dale Graden, UI associate professor of history; 
Michelle Hazen, a UI student and member of the Alliance for Justice; Leslie 
Hall, Washington State University assistant professor of education; Ron 
Hatley, WSU general education instructor; Carl Mickelsen, UI philosophy 
lecturer, and the Rev. Dean Stewart, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of 
Moscow. Melynda Huskey of Moscow will moderate a public discussion following 
the speakers' short presentations.
        "Opinion polls show that the more Americans know about the 
consequences of war with Iraq, the more opposed they are to a U.S. 
invasion," Hatley said.  "Our goal is to provide information about the 
military and diplomatic context for the crisis, as well as concrete 
strategies for opposing the war."
        The teach-in format is modeled on the public forums held on U.S. 
college campuses in the 1960s and 1970s to help educate Americans about the 
Vietnam War.  This will be the first of a series of meetings intended to 
help the people of the Palouse better understand the Iraqi situation, Hatley 

For more information, contact:
Sally Perrine, sperrine@potlatch.com
Ron Hatley, 882-8782, rhatley@wsu.edu

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