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Timely UC Berkeley course examines U.S. foreign policy; lectures open to public

24 January 2002

By Janet Gilmore, Media Relations

BERKELEY - Numerous departments and schools across the University of California, Berkeley campus are offering courses this semester that address the particularly timely and gravely important issues of war, U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. But one unit in particular is offering a foreign policy course that is open to students for academic credit as well as the general public for personal enrichment and knowledge.

International and Area Studies is offering IAS 180, "U.S. Foreign Policy since 9/11." The class was introduced in January 2002 and has been in demand by students and the larger community ever since.

This course, coordinated by Harry Kreisler, executive director of the Institute of International Studies, involves a series of lectures and panel discussions by UC Berkeley faculty and distinguished visitors from all over the world. Invited lecturers include experts on foreign policy; domestic politics; international relations; security policy (including homeland security); and terrorism. The coursework is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of foreign policy. Students will be encouraged to attend other public lectures on campus that will allow them to broaden their understanding of foreign policy concerns.

The class is held on Mondays from 7-9 p.m. in Room 100 of the Genetics and Plant Biology Building (northwest corner of campus). Parking is available in the Genetics garage on Oxford Street between Berkeley Way and Hearst Ave. The first class takes place on Monday, Jan. 27, with a showing of the PBS television documentary "In Search of al Qaeda," presented by the documentary's producer, Martin Smith.

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