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Edward Said to discuss "The U.S., the Islamic World, and the Question of Palestine"

12 February 2003

ATTENTION: News desks

Contact: Janet Gilmore
(510) 642-5685 jeg@pa.urel.berkeley.edu

An address next week at the University of California, Berkeley, by Edward Said, one of the nation's most prominent literary and cultural critics. Said will discuss "The United States, the Islamic World, and the Question of Palestine."

Said is author of the groundbreaking book, "Orientalism," and a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. His writings about the Middle East and its relationship with the West have greatly influenced scholarship and public opinion.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.

UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall, near the intersection of Telegraph and Bancroft avenues.

Said's address is part of the Spring 2003 Lecture Program sponsored by the campus's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. The Office of the Chancellor is co-sponsoring this event. All tickets, which were free, already have been distributed to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Because of overwhelming campus interest in this event, the address will be taped and then broadcast inside Wheeler Hall that same night, at 8 p.m. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 12, free tickets to this special broadcast at Wheeler are available at the Zellerbach Hall box office for the campus community and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. A photo I.D. must be presented at the box office to obtain a ticket.

In addition, a Webcast of Said's 5:30 p.m. lecture at Zellerbach will be available on the campus's Web site within 24 hours of the event.

News media wishing to cover the address at Zellerbach Hall must contact UC Berkeley Media Relations at (510) 642-3734 by noon Wednesday, Feb. 19. Reporters must have valid press credentials. Flash photography may not be used during the lecture. Doors to the auditorium will open at 5 p.m.

Said has set aside one hour, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on the day of the event, to answer reporters' questions. Contact Media Relations for details.