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San Francisco State University historians weigh in on Iraq war



Christina Holmes
SFSU Office of Public Affairs
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


Thursday forum to discuss historical significance of combat in Iraq


A distinguished panel of history and international affairs faculty from San Francisco State University will examine the historical precedents for the war in Iraq and its long-term ramifications for the region and the world. The panel will consider such topics as the notion of a pre-emptive war, the anti-war movement and the future role of the United States in the Middle East.


Maziar Behrooz, assistant professor of history, is an authority on the history of the Islamic world and current political and cultural trends. Behrooz created SFSU's two-part class on the history of the Islamic world.

Jerald Combs, professor of history, is an authority on the history of American foreign policy and America's military history.

Anthony D'Agostino, professor of history, is an expert on Russian and Eastern European history. He has written and spoken on 20th century Russian politics and diplomacy.

Mary Felstiner, professor of history, specializes in women's history and the history of disability. She has written and lectured extensively on feminism, disability and the role of women in the Nazi holocaust.

Ambassador David Fischer, SFSU's Diplomat in Residence, has more than 30 years experience in foreign affairs and worked in a variety of positions in the State Department. Fischer has expertise on the role intelligence agencies play in war.

The event is part of the University's Year of Civil Discourse, a series of events designed to promote civility and free speech on campus regarding complex subjects such as the Middle East.


2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27


Burk Hall, Room 247, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue), San Francisco.


Student writer Scott Heil assisted in writing this media advisory

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