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Forum on Prospects for War

“Prospects for War,” a public forum at UC Riverside

Public, Faculty and Students Welcome to Discuss and Debate Implications of a War

(February 27, 2003)

The public is invited to take part in a free forum to discuss the prospects for war in the Middle East, the Korean peninsula, other global hot spots and the impact war may have on the economy, domestic and foreign policy. The forum, titled “Prospects for War,” is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday Feb. 27, at the Commons Cafeteria of the University of California, Riverside. Parking will be free in lot 1 near the University Avenue entrance.

Chicano Student Programs; the departments of anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, and sociology; and the Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center, sponsor the event. Several UC Riverside faculty members have been asked to give short presentations about various aspects of war and its effects, and will answer questions. They include sociologists, historians and anthropologists. A student panel will also be on hand to present the student perspective.

Members of the public are encouraged to ask questions of faculty experts and for general discussion. For more details about the forum contact Mary Ann Gonzales (909) 787-2196.

Among the faculty present will be:
• Edward Chang, associate professor of ethnic studies. Chang will discuss the likelihood of war breaking out on the Korean peninsula. His work, looking at how relations between Korea and Japan during the WW II may shape future relations between the two nations, is funded through a $200,000 research grant from the Korea Foundation.
• Ralph Crowder, associate professor of ethnic studies. His teaching and research focus on late nineteenth and twentieth century African American history, Pan-African history, African America and the International Community.
• Carolyn Murray, associate professor of psychology and ethnic studies. Murray will delve into the perceived hidden agendas behind U.S. policy toward Iraq. Murray’s research deals with African American family dynamics. She also studies how educational inequities and teacher expectations affect minority children.
• Armando Navarro, professor of ethnic studies. Navarro will speak about the impact on the Bush Administration’s national security policy on domestic and international communities. Navarro’s teaching and research focus on the Mexican American or Chicano experience, immigration and activism.
• Thomas Patterson, chair in the Department of Anthropology. Patterson will discuss the “go-it-alone” nature of American foreign policy and how that affects the safety of the American public by sparking calls to terrorism. Patterson’s research focuses on how the development of anthropology and archeology affect the development of modern societies and affect everyday life today.
• Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, professor of anthropology and Director of the Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center. Vélez-Ibáñez will discuss the impact of war on the human and financial resources available to the civilian economy. Much of his research centers on migration issues and how migrant communities organize themselves and share information.

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