UFPPC will sponsor an "Iraq: In or Out? -- A Public Debate" at 7:00 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 21, at King's Books in Tacoma (218 St. Helens Avenue).  --  Dr. D.W. Sid Olufs, a professor of political science who teaches a course on the politics of the Iraq war at Pacific Lutheran University, and Dr. Steve Niva, who teaches international politics, Middle East studies, and political theory at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, will debate whether the U.S. has a responsibility to stay in Iraq until the atmosphere is more politically stable or whether the U.S. should leave Iraq.  --  This event is free of charge and open to the public.  --  More information below.[1] ...


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WHAT:  Iraq: In or Out? -- A Public Debate
WHO: 
Dr. Sid Olufs, professor of political science, Pacific Lutheran University, and Dr. Steve Niva, member of the faculty, The Evergreen State College, Olympia
WHEN:  Friday, September 21, 2007 -- 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:  King's Books, 281 St. Helen's Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

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2007 UFPPC speaker series

IRAQ: IN OR OUT? -- A PUBLIC DEBATE

On Friday, September 21, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, United for Peace of Pierce County will sponsor "Iraq, In or Out? -- A Public Debate."

This event is the first in a 2007 speaker series sponsored by UFPPC.  Dr. Sid Olufs, Political Science Professor at Pacific Lutheran University, will debate Dr. Steve Niva, who teaches International Politics and Middle East Studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, on whether it is our responsibility to stay in Iraq until the atmosphere is more politically stable, or whether the U.S. should leave Iraq.

Dr. D.W. Sid Olufs is the author or co-author of five books and won the Pacific Lutheran University's K.T. Tang Faculty Excellence Award in Research in 2007.  He teaches "Political Science 401: Politics of the War in Iraq" at PLU.

Dr. Steve Niva recently taught a course entitled "From Bosphorus to Suez: Cultural and Political Landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean, which included a four week study-tour to Egypt and Turkey.  He has written for and served on the editorial board of Middle East Report magazine, and his recent writings have also appeared in Peace Review, Middle East International, Al-Ahram Weekly, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Open Democracy, Z Magazine, Common Dreams, and Counterpunch, among others. He is currently writing a book on the history and strategy of Palestinian suicide bombings and their relationship to Israeli military violence.

This event is free and the public is welcome.

For more information, please contact 253-573-1504 or 253-535-7219.

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NOTE:  This event coincides with International Peace Day, which is also the kick-off date of the Iraq Moratorium, recently endorsed by United for Peace of Pierce County.  We urge you to read our statement of endorsement and to consider making a personal commitment to the Iraq Moratorium, which asks citizens to promise to take some concrete action toward ending the Iraq war on every third Friday of every month until all U.S. troops have left Iraq.