For Immediate Release —Oct. 8, 2008

David Irwin
Media Relations Officer
(585) 245-5516

Panel at SUNY Geneseo to Examine Current Political Situation in Iraq

GENESEO, N.Y. – A panel of four experts, including the person who planned and managed the initial series of Iraqi elections, will address the current political situation in Iraq during a conference Oct. 15 at the State University of New York at Geneseo.   The conference will include the college’s annual Roemer Lecture, which also will focus on Middle Eastern politics.  All sessions will be in the MacVittie Union ballroom.

“Our panel participants will bring a fresh perspective on the present and future of Iraq because of their breadth of knowledge and experience,” said Jeff Koch, chair of political science at SUNY Geneseo.  “The war in Iraq has important ramifications for the Middle East.  We are fortunate to have people joining us who have first-hand knowledge of the country’s history, political development and current situation.”

Participating in the panel discussion on Iraq from 1:30 to 3:30 will be:

SUNY Geneseo's Kenneth Roemer Lecture on World Affairs is a memorial to Roemer's longstanding interest in global issues. The series was endowed by his brother, the late Spencer J. Roemer, emeritus director of admissions at Geneseo and member of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors.  The event is also supported by contributions from political science and international relations department alumni and Geneseo’s Contemporary Forum.