The University of Iowa

James Zogby, author of "Arab Voices,” to speak on March 6 WorldCanvass Studio

February 19th, 2011

Produced by International Programs at the University of Iowa, WorldCanvass® explores topics that are international in scope and central to our understanding of ourselves as part of the global landscape.  All programs are free and open to the public. 

James Zogby will discuss his new book “Arab Voices: What They are Saying to Us and Why it Matters” on Sunday, March 6 on a special WorldCanvass Studio from UI International Programs.  The event takes place in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute and senior advisor for the polling firm Zogby International, a Washington, D.C.-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community.  In “Arab Voices,” Zogby challenges the myths, assumptions, and biases that create impediments to clear communication and understanding between America and the Arab world.

Zogby will present a short reading from his book and then join William Reisinger,  UI professor of political science,  Shams Ghoneim, coordinator of the Iowa Chapter of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Dan Olinghouse, UI political science student who has just returned from study in Egypt, in conversation.   WorldCanvass Studio host is Joan Kjaer.

WorldCanvass Studio sponsors are International Programs, the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) and Prairie Lights Book Store.  Partners for the WorldCanvass series are UITV, KRUI-FM, the Pentacrest Museums and Information Technology Services.