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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Ann L. Bragdon [SMTP:annbrag@idt.net] Sent: Friday, November 05, 1999 4:25 PM Subject: FW: AAA Public Policy
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      From: Ann L. Bragdon [SMTP:annbrag@...]
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      Sent: Friday, November 05, 1999 4:25 PM
      Subject: FW: AAA Public Policy Forum-Violence Against the Middle East

      FYI. If you are attending the AAA meetings, you may be interested in the
      session organized by the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological
      Association. The session will open with a keynote address by former U.S.
      Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Please note the description and time of the
      address. I am forwarding this because the official schedule of AAA meetings
      "failed" to note this important "public policy forum" at our meeting.
      Please publicize by forwarding to colleagues who attend and would be
      interested in hearing Ramsey Clark on this important topic. Thanks. Ann
      Bragdon, member.

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      From: "William C. Young" <wcyoung@...
      <mailto:wcyoung@...> >
      Subject: AAA Public Policy Forum-Violence Against the Middle East
      Date: Sat, Oct 2, 1999, 8:56 AM


      AAA Public Policy Forum-Violence Against the Middle East
      A session at the American Anthropological Association meeting,
      Thursday, November 18, 4 - 6:15 p.m.
      Chicago Hilton & Towers
      International Ballroom N, Second Floor

      Although those of us who have lived in the Middle East have rarely
      experienced it as a violent place, it is almost always portrayed as violent
      by the U.S. news media. U.S. State department bulletins constantly harp on
      the theme of violence "in" the Middle East. This has the ideological effect
      of justifying U.S. violence AGAINST the Middle East. Many examples of this
      (for example, the American bombing of Sudan) can be cited, but surely the
      most horrific - and the least discussed in American circles - is U.S.
      violence against Iraq.
      Professor Laura Nader (UC, Berkeley) and Professor McGuire Gibson (Oriental
      Institute, U of Chicago) will present their thoughts on this crucial human
      issue, an issue about which all Middle East anthropologists must certainly
      have an opinion.
      The session will open with a keynote address by former U.S. Attorney General
      Ramsey Clark, after which Professor Gibson will describe the effects of U.S.
      bombing and sanctions on Iraq's archaeological heritage. He will present
      slides depicting the ongoing destruction of standing monuments and
      archaeological sites and discuss the crisis caused by the boom in the
      illegal antiquities market since the Gulf War. Although he will focus on
      Iraq he will also survey the situation in the rest of the Near East.
      Professor Nader will discuss issues of silence, academic complicity in state
      sanctioned violence, and the silencing of those who attempt to use
      anthropological insights to critique the violence unleashed by the U.S. on a
      whole range of Middle Eastern societies, including Iraq.
      The session is co-chaired by Professor Jane Hill, anthropologist at the
      University of Arizona and President of the American Anthropological
      Association and Professor Fadwa El Guindi, anthropologist at the University
      of Southern California and President of the Middle East Section of the
      American Anthropological Association.
      To stay abreast of this important debate, all anthropologists with
      interests in the Middle East are urged to attend. For more information,
      please see the web page at
      http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~elguindi/AAAPublicPolicyForum99.html
      <http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~elguindi/AAAPublicPolicyForum99.html>


      Bill Young
      Secretary
      Middle East Section
      Our Web Site: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9361
      <http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9361>
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