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Conversations About Iraq

This Web site is intended to provide the Carleton College community with information and resources about war in Iraq. The goal is to provide listings on a broad range of issues, from deeper understandings of the history, politics, and cultures of the region to seminars on the economics of war, the biology of weapons of mass destructions, the geography of the region, or any other subject that may broaden our understanding. We are seeking event listings as simple as conversations in dorm lounges to more elaborate symposia and panel discussions.

To submit information to this site, please e-mail Sarah Maxwell, director of media relations.

Events at Carleton | Campus resources | Events at St. Olaf College | Events in Northfield | Events in the Twin Cities
| Links and phone numbers for more information

Events at Carleton

Every Tuesday through June, noon - 1 p.m.
Leighton Hall, Room 330

One or more members of the history department faculty will host brown-bag lunches, "Conversations with History Department Faculty about the Iraqi Situation." Everyone is welcome. (Please bring your own lunch.)

Campus Resources

Those with family members or close friends serving in the military should be in touch with Chaplain Carolyn Fure-Slocum. This is a very difficult time for service members and their loved ones and the Chaplain is available to be of support. If people desire, a network of those with loved ones in the war will be created. You are welcome to contact the Chaplain by phone, 646-4003, or e-mail

Support is also available to all who are wrestling with great anxiety due to the war. Please contact the Wellness Center, 646-4080, the Chaplain's Office, the various deans, departmental chairs, or supervisors.

The Perlman Center for Teaching and Learning has posted information for faculty about class discussions on Iraq.

As 77 Carleton students prepare to embark on spring off-campus study programs, the College is reiterating precautionary measures for travel during a time of war. For up-to-date information, click here.

Shahzad Bashir, assistant professor of religion, would be happy to be a resource person on the Iraq issue. His fields of interest are history and cultures of the Middle East. He can be reached at 507-646-4227 or

Adeeb Khalid, associate professor of history, will serve as a resource on Iraq. He can be reached at 507-646-4214 or

The Carleton Forensics Society is interested in moderating student and/or
faculty debates on the war with Iraq. Contact: Heidi Manschreck, x7533,

Coalition of Students Against the War (CSAW), Carleton's campus anti-war group, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in upper Sayles. Students and others can also join the campus e-mail list. The group coordinates action and facilitates debate on the possible war against Iraq.

Pangea, Carleton's international student organization, is interested in helping people or organizations organize events. They could also facilitate discussions if there is a demand for such. Contact Sujan,

Events at St. Olaf College

Events in the Northfield area

Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 8:30 a.m. - noon
United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St.

Understanding Islam." Northfield community members are hosting a three-part seminar for area residents who want to learn more about the Islamic religion, its people, and it's place in world history. It will take place at the United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St., Northfield, on Saturday mornings, 8:30am-noon, May 3, 10, and 17.

On May 3rd, Religion Professor Roger Jackson and four Muslim Carleton students from diverse backgrounds will speak about "What Muslims Believe". On May 10th, area educators will speak about the history of Islam. On May 17th, local residents will speak about the experience of Muslims in the U.S. It is not necessary to attend all three sessions.

Each session will be followed by a Middle Eastern lunch, catered by the Byzantine. There is no cost to the seminar, but lunch costs $6. Preregistration is urged (especially for lunch) by calling John Sandquist at 507-645-7775 or e-mailing Marilyn Hill at

Carleton faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend this community seminar. Transportation from Carleton can be arranged if need is expressed. Please call the Chapel for further information (507-646-4003).

Every Thursday, 7 p.m.
313 Division Street

People of Peace and Goodwill in Northfield meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the 313 Division Street, above the dance studio. Entrance is between the dance studio and Jenkins Jewelers. Meetings are in response to our government making war. For more information, call Patrick at or 507-650-4659.

Every Saturday, noon
Bridge Square

People of Peace and Goodwill sponsors a silent peace vigil at Bridge Square.

Events in the Twin Cities

Carleton is not responsible for events held off campus.

For more event listings, see

Links and phone numbers for more information

These links have been recommended by members of the Carleton community.

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation's weblog of resources at: Recommended by Chris Oatis-Skinner, director of the career center
A Nation at War Complete coverage of the war in Iraq from The New York Times, with related domestic and international news. Includes multimedia coverage, wire news, interactive graphics, maps, Gulf War archived articles, and more. Requires free, one-time registration; there is a sign-up option for e-mail news alerts.

Attack on Iraq Iraq-related news updated daily including headlines, special reports, daily summaries, audio and video features, galleries and maps, key documents, Canada's perspective, and an impressive collection of links. Searchable. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Blogs of War A blog (Web journal) updated many times each day with live reporting from the Iraq War front. Due to heavy server loads, this site may be sluggish or non-responsive from time to time.
Country Profile: Iraq Profile of Iraq including the latest news, demographic and economic facts, historical overview, timeline of key events, and information about Iraqi leaders and media. Site also includes key stories, news analysis, links, audio features, and a video for the most recent live coverage. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Iraq (War on Terrorism) Librarian selected and annotated links to Iraq-related Web sites organized into the following topics: country information; government reports; government websites;maps; military and war-related sites; news-related sites and special news reports; non-governmental organizations; reports from other organizations; Saddam Hussein; sanctions, human rights and the anti-war movement; and United Nations and weapons-inspection sites. From the Special Libraries Association News Division.
Online NewsHour: The Iraq War The online version of PBS's NewsHour covers several aspects of the current situation in Iraq: The Military Campaign, The International Impact, The Home Front, The Humanitarian Situation, and The Road to War. Includes key map and player sections as well as an area for students and teachers.
UN News Centre News from the United Nations updated daily. Site provides an events calendar, UN statements, briefings, press releases, and news conferences, and UN links. Includes audio and video. Searchable from April 2001 to the present. Email news alerts available with sign-up. Also in French and Arabic.
Recommended by Carolyn Sanford, Head of Reference and Instruction at Gould Library.

An on-line resource/brochure that focuses on war stress and resilience has been put together by the American Psychological Association. It gives valuable tips/ideas on how people can manage the stress of war: Recommended by Steve O'Neill, director of the couseling center at St. Olaf College.

Muslims, Islam, and the Iraq Crisis:
The focus of this Web page is to inform the public in a scholarly manner about the relationship of the crisis to Islam and Muslims. Recommended by Shazad Bashir,
assistant professor of religion.

The Council on Foreign Relations is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. The Council accomplishes this mainly by promoting constructive debates and discussions, clarifying world issues, and publishing Foreign Affairs, the leading journal on global issues.

"War with Iraq: Costs, Consequences, and Alternatives," can be found at: This is a December 2002 report, published under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Committee on International Security Studies (CISS), which finds that the political, military, and economic consequences of war with Iraq could be extremely costly to the United States. William D. Nordhaus (Yale University) estimates the economic costs of war with Iraq in scenarios that are both favorable and unfavorable to the United States. Steven E. Miller (Harvard University) considers a number of potentially disastrous military and strategic outcomes of war for the United States that have received scant public attention. Carl Kaysen (MIT), John D. Steinbruner (University of Maryland),and Martin B. Malin (American Academy) examine the broader national security strategy behind the move toward a preventive war against Iraq. Recommended by Michael Kirby, reference and instruction librarian.

Write letters to the editors of the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, and your community newspapers. Star-Tribune: e-mail (don't send as an attachment) or fax 612-673-4359. Pioneer Press: e-mail or fax (651) 228-5564. Look on the letters page in the current issue of other papers- they usually give instructions for submission. Call President Bush: (202) 456-1414. Call Members of Congress: Congressional Switchboard: 1-800-839-5276 or (202) 224-3121. Recommended by Amanda Eckenroad, hall director.

For more information, contact: Sarah Maxwell
Director of Media Relations

Last modified: Tuesday, 06-May-2003 10:43:54 CDT
by: Sarah Maxwell