UNL News Releases 10/15/03



Al Jazeera Reporter to Offer Perspective from Arab Media Oct. 22

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Kimball Recital Hall, 12th and R Streets, City Campus

Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 15, 2003 -- Omar al-Issawi, one of the original creators of Al Jazeera, the satellite news operation serving the Arab world, will provide an insider's perspective on war, peace, politics, media and culture in the Arab world at a 7 p.m. lecture Oct. 22 at Kimball Recital Hall, 12th and R streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.

Al-Issawi is said to be one of the Middle East's most celebrated journalists, and as a reporter and producer for Al Jazeera, his keen insights into the Iraq war and its repercussions have caught the attention of the Bush administration and earned the respect of the U.S. military's Central Command. His many appearances on "Larry King Live" and his hard-hitting dispatches broadcast to tens of millions of Arabs have gained him international acclaim.

In his first speaking tour to North America, al-Issawi will address a range of difficult subjects, including the urgent need for the Arab world to envision a future not mired in blaming colonialism, imperialism and Zionism for its woes.

Al-Issawi worked previously for the BBC and has covered events in Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan, Croatia and elsewhere around the globe. In 1995 al-Issawi and colleagues came under attack while covering the assault on Krajina in the Balkans. A BBC reporter was killed; al-Issawi was shot and wounded.

Born in Kuwait to Lebanese parents, the English-speaking al-Issawi attended college in Iowa and Virginia. He began his career in media working for FM and AM radio stations in Lebanon and worked for Net TV and Future TV in Beirut. In addition to his reporting duties, he produces documentaries for Al Jazeera, including a heralded 15-part series on the war in Lebanon. He is married with two children.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and those attending should be aware that purses, backpacks, brief cases and parcels of any kind will not be allowed into the lecture hall. Those going to the lecture should leave these items at home or trust security to hold them.

Earlier in the day, al-Issawi will talk with journalism students and have an informal dinner and reception with faculty and invited guests.

Sponsors for the event are the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, Nebraska Press Association and Nebraska Broadcasters Association.

CONTACT: Michael Goff, Asst. Professor, Advertising, (402) 472-3045


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Posted by Tom Simons, Office of University Communications
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