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ARAB-AMERICAN SPEAKER TO TALK ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES IN IRAQ BEFORE, AFTER, AND DURING THE WAR

MARLBORO, VT – An Arab-American activist critical of the United States war in Iraq will visit Marlboro College to discuss his experiences living there before, during, and since the end of the war.

On Monday, Feb. 2, as part of the Marlboro College 2004 “Monday Nights at Marlboro” lecture series, Ramzi Kysia, of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, will present a public lecture, “Iraq From the Ground Up.”

A North Virginia native, having spent nearly two years in Iraq before, during and after the war, Kysia describes himself as a witness and critic of U.S. policies and their effects in the region.

Since the U.S. occupation began, he has helped a group of Iraqi university students in Baghdad start an independent newspaper. A writer whose essays have appeared in the Houston Chronicle, San Diego Tribune, Jordan Times and Common Dreams, Kysia speaks with considerable knowledge and first-hand experience in the region in the context of his own American-Lebanese background and Muslim faith.

Since 1998, Kysia has worked with EPIC, Voices in the Wilderness and the National Network to End the War against Iraq to work to change U.S. policy toward Iraq. He is also a media relations consultant, organizing and grassroots lobbying skills for activists.

Kysia’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College. This event is being sponsored by the Marlboro College Lecture Committee and is free of charge.

For more information or for cancellation information due to inclement weather, contact Erin George, Public Relations Coordinator, at Marlboro College at (802) 251-7644.

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