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LA Times War Correspondent To Discuss Experiences

September 14, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Azadeh Moaveni, an author and reporter, will speak on "Being Young in the Prophet’s Shadow," as part of the Sagan National Colloquium and the Carpenter Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Ohio Wesleyan’s Gray Chapel (61. S. Sandusky). Moaveni will discuss her experiences growing up as an Iranian American and as a reporter in Iraq.

Moaveni, a current resident of Beirut and a war correspondent in Iraq for the Los Angeles Times, will discuss the youth of the Middle East and the ongoing democratization by the U.S. on the youth culture. The young people’s aspirations, degree of politicization and attitudes toward the West vary dramatically, so what makes them hunger for American products while others participate in anti-U.S. boycotts? Moaveni plans to tackle these issues in her discussion with her unique perspective.

As an Iranian American who grew up in San Jose, Moaveni studied politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She won a Fulbright fellowship to Egypt and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo and for three years she worked across the Middle East as a reporter for Time Magazine. Her experiences are put into account in her recent book, Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in American and American in Iran.

Ohio Wesleyan's Carpenter Lecture Series was established in 1967 with a generous endowment from the late O. William Carpenter in honor of his wife, Katherine Kearney Carpenter. The lectureship brings one or more distinguished authors to campus each year and features readings and lectures available without charge to the Ohio Wesleyan community and to the public at large.

This is the 20th anniversary for the Sagan National Colloquium at Ohio Wesleyan. This year’s Colloquium theme is "The United States and the Islamic World: Challenges and Prospects." All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://snc.owu.edu or call 740-368-3995.