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Memo to War Editors: The latest campus news concerning the conflict in Iraq

– Below is the latest in a series of memos that the Media Relations office at the University of California, Berkeley, is issuing periodically to war editors, to assist them with coverage of the conflict in Iraq.

New experts on war-related issues

Media Relations' extensive list of UC Berkeley scholars who are available for interviews about various war-related topics has three new additions - an expert on geographic information science and war; another on war and linguistics; and a third on the management of organizations and systems, including the military, where error can have catastrophic consequences.

At the above website, see John Radke (Geographic Information Science and War); Robin Lakoff (War and Words) and Karlene Roberts (Economic Issues).

Nighttime vigil on Sproul Plaza
Tonight (Monday, March 31) 8 p.m.

The campus community will gather on Sproul Plaza to quietly reflect on and converse about these difficult times. Scheduled speakers include Chancellor Berdahl; Jesse Gabriel, student body president; Claire Kramsch, professor of German; and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, a professor of English. Music will be performed, and representatives of student religious groups will offer short prayers. Light sticks, rather than candles, will be provided.

"War in Iraq," a faculty forum
Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 1), 7:30 p.m., Zellerbach Auditorium

Several prestigious faculty members from UC Berkeley will participate in a forum about the war's impact on the Middle East, foreign policy, the economy, the peace movement, and more. The professors are Nezar Al Sayyad, professor of Middle Eastern Studies; Thomas G. Barnes, professor of law and history; David Caron, professor of law; Kiren Chaudhry, professor of political science; Laura Nader, professor of anthropology; Steven Weber, professor of political science; and Janet Yellen, professor of economics.

A brief presentation by each scholar will be followed by a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session. Admission is free, but tickets are required and will be available at the Zellerbach Box Office today and tomorrow. Credentialed reporters do not need tickets but must check in at the media table outside Zellerbach prior to the event.