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Understanding the Iraq War: a teach-in

A group of Miami history professors and graduate students will present “Understanding the Iraq War” from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, and Wednesday, Oct. 27, in 112 Pearson Hall.

The program is part of two weeks of teach-ins organized by Historians Against the War taking place at universities nationwide.

Tuesday's program will begin with a showing of the film “Hijacking Catastrophe,” followed by a discussion led by Mary Cayton, Jeff Kimball and Robert Thurston.

Wednesday's program will include short presentations by a panel of historians followed by open discussion. Andrew Cayton will talk about “Unanticipated Consequences: The United States and War.” Allan Winkler will explore “Parallels to the War in Vietnam”; Kevin Armitage will discuss “War, Oil and the Environment”; and Wietse de Boer, “The War Seen from Europe.”

“Historians Against the War was organized prior to the invasion of Iraq, which many historians opposed as not in the best interests of the American people,” said Carla Pestana, W.E. Smith Professor of History. “With the election nearing, a great deal is being said about the war, most of it highly partisan and some of it clearly false. We see this teach-in as an opportunity to educate students about the U.S. role in the Iraq War, including its historical context and the options available to our nation today. We would like to start an informed dialogue about the situation today and possible paths for the United States to take in the future.”

The program is free and open to the Miami and Oxford communities.

Date Published: 10/21/2004
Volume: 24   Number: 12

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