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Foreign policy expert Phyllis Bennis lectures on United States objectives in the Middle East Thursday, February 19

Title:                "The U.S. in the Middle East: Drive towards Empire"

What:               A lecture on the history of American public policy will mark the second event in Reed College's ongoing public policy lecture series.

Who:                Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and expert in Middle Eastern and United Nations foreign policy issues

When:              7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 19

Location:         Vollum lecture hall, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Cost:                The lecture is free and open to the public.

Contact:           For more information, the public is asked to call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755 or visit the Reed events site.

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and directs the Institute's New Internationalism Program. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, co-chair of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation, and co-chair of the International Coordinating Network on Palestine. In October 2003, she helped found the United for Peace and Justice coalition. Bennis's areas of interest include U.S. domination of the United Nations, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, economic sanctions on Iraq, and relations between Israel and Palestine.

Bennis has written several books, most recently La Ideologia neoimperial: La crisis de E.E.U.U. con Irak (Icaria/TNI/CIP 2003), a collaborative project with Mariano Aguirre. Bennis is also the author of Before and After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11 th Crisis (Interlink, 2002) and Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's U.N. (Interlink, 2000). Bennis's work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, USA Today, Middle East Report, Middle East International, Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris), Soera (Amsterdam), Papeles (Madrid), and die Tageszeitung (Berlin) .

She has appeared as an analyst on various television and radio programs, such as "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," the CBS "Morning Show," and National Public Radio's "Diane Rehm Show." Bennis has spoken at United Nations conferences, testified in U.S. Congressional hearings, addressed the European Parliament, and drafted Congressional speeches and legislation.

The lecture is sponsored by the Reed Student Peace Action Network (RSPAN) and the Reed College political science department.

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