BU lecture focuses on Israel/Palestinian Conflict

For immediate release: March 20, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — "Understanding the Israel/Palestinian Conflict: A Perspective from Gaza" will be presented by Thomas Neu, director of Friends of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), on Wednesday, March 25. The talk, open to the public free of charge, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Carver Hall's Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

The event is sponsored by BU's student chapter of Global Awareness Society International, which is bringing speakers to campus this semester to present different perspectives on Palestinian-Israeli history.

Before becoming director of Friends of the UNRWA, Neu was the director of American Near East Refugee Aid in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem for 13 years. He has been doing fieldwork in the region for almost 30 years. Following his talk, Neu will answer questions about the history of the region, the nature of recent conflicts and working with humanitarian aid organizations.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.