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Two writers to debate U.S.-Iraq war on Jan. 28 at Zellerbach Hall
22 January 2003

By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations

Berkeley - "How Should We Use Our Power? Iraq and the War on Terror," will be debated next week by two noted journalists at the University of California, Berkeley.

Christopher Hitchens, an I.F. Stone Fellow at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, will explore the topic with Mark Danner, a professor at the journalism school and a staff writer for The New Yorker.

The Tuesday, Jan. 28 event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Zellerbach Hall.

Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, said the debate fills a critical need.

"At a time when the nation is facing some of the most critical decisions in recent memory - particularly about war, peace and the United States' relationship with the rest of the world - there has been little discussion, let alone debate, about the possibility of war with Iraq, the impact that such war could have on America's relationship with the rest of the world or the alternatives for American policy," he said.

The upcoming program is an effort to redress this shortcoming - and to help create a framework for a larger public dialogue in this country, Schell said.

"Universities are a logical place for such debates to begin," he said.

The free debate is part of a series of lectures, dialogues and scholarships developed by the journalism school and the Goldman Forum on the Press and Foreign Affairs.

It also is one of UC Berkeley's ongoing public programs to provide informed discussion and reasoned debate about the conflicts in the Middle East. It is co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California and the UC Berkeley Office of the Chancellor