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Sept. 29, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Shibley Telhami will give the talk, "Iraq A Year Later: Consequences for U.S. Policies in the Middle East," Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, part of the ongoing James A. Gathings Political Science lecture series at Bucknell, is open to the public without charge, and will be followed by a book-signing.

Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution.

Active in the foreign policy arena, he has served as adviser to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, as adviser to former Congressman Lee Hamilton, and as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Trilateral U.S.-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee, which was mandated by the Wye River Agreements.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Telhami serves on several boards including Human Rights Watch (and as vice-chair of Human Rights Watch/Middle East), the Education for Employment Foundation, and Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the University of the Middle East, and several academic advisory boards.

He also has served on the board of the United States Institute of Peace and was given the Distinguished International Service Award by the University of Maryland in 2002.

His best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East, was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003.

He has contributed to The Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times and regularly appears on national and international radio and television. He has served on the U.S. Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World, which was appointed by the Department of State at the request of Congress, and he co-drafted the report of their findings, "Changing Minds, Winning Peace."

The Gathings Lectureship was established in 1971 in honor of James A. Gathings, chair of the department of political science at Bucknell. Responsible for introducing international relations into the Bucknell curriculum nearly 60 years ago, Gathings was honored with the Burma-Bucknell Award in 1968 for promoting intercultural and international understanding. The purpose of the lectureship is to bring to campus noted analysts in the field of international politics.


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