President's Annual Report
THE IRAQ WAR: PROVIDING A FORUM FOR SHARING VIEWS
This year saw world events pushing into the classroom experience, with students and faculty delving into vigorous examination of global issues and domestic policy. In addition to classroom discussion, the war in Iraq was the focus of several campus events, including:
- Symposium on the War in Iraq, a faculty panel discussion and forum led by William Ascher, vice president and dean of the faculty and the Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics;
- The Consequences of War in Iraq, a faculty-student panel sponsored by the Claremont Independent and the CMC Peace Coalition;
- US Foreign Policy: Iraq and Beyond, an open forum moderated by Professor Edward Haley;
- The UN's Relevance in a Post-9/11 World, a lecture by Robert Orr, senior fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and
- Dissenting Views on the War in Iraq, a panel discussion with Donal O'Sullivan, visiting lecturer in history, and faculty from the Claremont Graduate University and Pomona College.
In addition, throughout the Mid-East turmoil, International Place continued its important work in providing a gathering place for all students to discuss world issues. A highlight of I-Place programming, the popular International Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, with record numbers of volunteers and visitors from throughout the community. I-Place also plans special events, field trips, and programming with local sponsor families, as well as the popular Thursday Lunch and Conversation series, with topics including U.S. policy toward Korea, Japan's financial crisis, and the war in Iraq.