BU hosts lecture by president of Arab American Institute

For immediate release: October 16, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — James J. Zogby, president and founder of the Arab American Institute (AAI), will speak on “The Next President and U.S. Policy in the Middle East” Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. The free lecture is offered as part of a weeklong series of special events leading up to the inauguration of BU’s 18th president, David L. Soltz, on Friday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Zogby established AAI in 1985 to help empower Arab Americans through voter registration, education and mobilization. Involved in a wide range of Arab American issues for the past three decades, Zogby co-founded and chaired the Palestine Human Rights Campaign in the late 1970s and later established and served as the executive director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. In 1982, he co-founded Save Lebanon Inc., a private non-profit, humanitarian and non-sectarian relief organization which funds health care for Palestinian and Lebanese victims of war and other social welfare projects in Lebanon. Eleven years later, after the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, Zogby served as co-president of Builders for Peace, a private committee established to promoted U.S. business investment in the West Bank and Gaza.

As a lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues, U.S.-Arab relations and the history of the Arab American community, Zogby appears frequently on television and radio. After hosting the “A Capital View” on the Arab Network of America, he now hosts “Viewpoint with James Zogby,” broadcast on Abu Dhabi Television, LinkTV, Dish Network and DirecTV. He writes a column on U.S. politics, “Washington Watch,” published in major Arab newspapers in 14 countries. He also has written a number of books including “What Ethnic Americans Really Think” and “What Arabs Think: Values, Beliefs and Concerns.”

Zogby, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College and a doctorate from Temple University, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of State “in recognition of outstanding contributions to national and international affairs.”

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