UC Santa Cruz hosts Oct. 24 public forum on regime change in Iraq

Michael Hudson, a distinguished professor of Arab studies at Georgetown University, will be the featured speaker at a moderated panel discussion on regime change in Iraq on Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m. in Classroom Unit 2 on the UC Santa Cruz campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Hudson, the Seif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies at Georgetown's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, specializes in the politics of the Middle East, including U.S.-Middle East relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the politics of Islam, and Persian Gulf security.

Hudson will be joined in the discussion, "Regime Change in Iraq: Likely Consequences and Critical Reflections," by UCSC professors Alan Richards of environmental studies and Kenneth Kletzer of economics. Terry Burke, a professor of history at UCSC, will moderate the discussion.

Richards's comments will focus on the "Middle East economic dimension" of the current crisis, while Kletzer will duscuss the world economy and the U.S. economy.

The forum is being sponsored by the UCSC Ad Hoc Faculty Working Group on Current Events; the Institute for Humanities Research; the Center for Cultural Studies; the Center for Global, International & Regional Studies (CGIRS); the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community; the Divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Office of the Chancellor; and College Nine.

For more information or directions, contact CGIRS at (831) 459-2833 or send e-mail to global@ucsc.edu, or call the Institute for Humanities Research at (831) 459-5655 or send e-mail to sritchie@ucsc.edu.