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Iraq War Experts Available

UC Riverside Experts Available to Talk About the War with Iraq

Issues Include How America and the World Will View the War,Women in Combat, The Costs of Rebuilding Iraq and How You Talk of War to Children?

(April 8, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University of California, Riverside offers reporters, editors and producers a list of faculty members who can be reached for expert commentary on the war with Iraq. For rapid response, contact Campus Communications Officer Ricardo Duran at (909) 787-5893 or page him at (909) 340-5011.

Katherine Kinney, professor of English at UC Riverside, has written extensively about the effects of war on society and how it is portrayed through journalism, novels, film and historical accounts. Her research has focused primarily on Vietnam and WWII. She is the author of “Friendly Fire: American Identity and the Literature of the Vietnam War,” published by Oxford University Press in 2000.

Thomas Patterson, professor and chair in the Department of Anthropology at UC Riverside, can speak about the long-term economic, political and social consequences of the current War in Iraq. He can discuss how the world views the current hostilities: As merely an attempt to free the Iraqi people and topple a dictator, or one in a series of moves to support and maintain American global dominance?

Christine Ward Gailey, professor and Chair in the Department of Women’s Studies and professor of anthropology at UC Riverside, can discuss issues of women in combat. She can speak about rape as a political tool and the post-traumatic stress resulting from rape trauma that may affect women POWs. She can also discuss military command issues pertaining to women in combat leadership positions.

Sarkis Joseph Khoury, professor of finance and international finance in the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside. He can answer questions on the costs and opportunities in rebuilding the Iraqi economy, how they will affect the U.S. economy and foreign exchange markets. He has written extensively on international banking issues and on international investing. He is fluent in Arabic, French and Spanish, as well as English. He has consulted in the Middle East and published in "The Middle East Business." He earned his Ph.D. at the Wharton Graduate Division, University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a degree with distinction at Centre Belge Beirut, Lebanon.

Barbara Tinsley, professor of psychology at UC Riverside, is a child and family psychologist with 25 years of experience teaching, researching, and working with children and families about children's development and psychological health.

Donna Henderson, supervisor and instructor of teacher education at UC Riverside, and coordinator of the Blended Program of Undergraduate Teacher Preparation at UC Riverside. Henderson’s 45 years experience in the public schools included 17 years as a classroom teacher and 18 years as an elementary school principal. She has often helped children and coached teachers about how to deal with students’ personal issues as well as traumatic local or worldwide public events. Her classroom career spanned the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy; the shooting of President Ronald Reagan; and worldwide conflicts such as the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars.

June O’Connor, professor of religious studies at UC Riverside, is an expert on comparative religious ethics. She can discuss how the criteria for a just war are applied as well as when and how just peacemaking activities and strategies can be used effectively. O’Connor studies the ways in which religious justifications can be used and abused in times of conflict.

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