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Last modified: Thursday, March 20, 2003

Additional perspectives from IU on the war with Iraq

EDITORS: In addition to a tipsheet we distributed on March 18, here are more faculty experts at Indiana University who can provide insights on various aspects of the situation in Iraq including the areas of Near Eastern cultures, Islamic studies, economics, medicine and politics. For additional assistance in reaching faculty at IUPUI, contact Diane Brown at 317-274-7711 or

-- Zaineb Istrabadi, associate director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at IU Bloomington, is an Iraqi-American woman who is very well informed about conditions in Iraq. She has relatives there and is willing to speak to reporters. Her fields are Islamic studies and Arabic languages and literatures. She can be reached at 812-856-0372 (office), 812-855-5993 (department office), 812-339-9263 (home) or

-- Philip T. Powell, associate clinical professor of business economics and public policy in the Kelley School of Business at Indianapolis, is available to talk about the economic impact of war. He can be reached at 317-274-8745 (office), 317-727-3330 (cell) or

-- Martha McCarthy, Chancellor's Professor in educational leadership and policy studies at IU Bloomington, is available to discuss First Amendment rights in American schools for teachers and students. Freedom of speech already has been an issue in some U.S. classrooms, as some teachers have been criticized for speaking out against the war, for example. She can be reached at 812-856-8384 (office) and

-- Dr. Stephen Jay, chairman of the Department of Public Health at the IU School of Medicine, can address general public health concerns. Jay, a professor of medicine and public health, is an expert in lung-related injuries from poisonous gas. For assistance in reaching him, contact Joe Stuteville at 317-274-8881 (office) or 317-312-2504 (pager); or Mary Hardin at 317-274-5456 (office) or 317-312-2542 (pager).

-- Kathleen Gilbert, associate professor of applied health science at IU Bloomington, is a leading expert on grief and on the effect of trauma on families. She is available to discuss the long-term effects of war on families, the trauma facing battle combatants and their families, and what parents can say to their children about the war. Gilbert currently can be reached by cell phone (812-369-6094) at the annual conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Beginning Sunday (March 23), she can be reached at 812-332-3404 (home), 812-855-5209 (office) or

-- Michael McGinnis, associate professor of political science at IU Bloomington, can comment on the problems of dealing with the refugees of war and delivering food and other supplies to civilians in Iraq. He also has a general research interest in international conflict and can discuss the situation in Iraq in those terms. He is available today (March 20) and then will be unavailable until Monday (March 24). He can be reached at 812-855-8784 (office), 812-339-9668 (home) or

-- Nazif Shahrani, chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at IU Bloomington, is a native of Afghanistan. Shahrani, a professor of anthropology, is familiar with conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq and has strong views about the long-term effects of a war with Iraq. He will be available to the media beginning Monday (March 24) and can be reached at 812-855-5993 (office), 812-332-8868 (home) or

-- Alan Rugman, L. Leslie Waters Chair in International Business in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington, can discuss the long-term economic effects of the U.S. decision to begin a war with Iraq without a United Nations mandate. He is one of the world's leading researchers in multinational business, and his research suggests an even greater need for tight regional security and coordination, particularly concerning energy resources. He expects that the war will place an even greater importance on the relationship the United States has with its neighboring countries, given that multinational politics at the U.N. has failed. He is the author of 30 books including The Oxford Handbook of International Business, Multinationals as Flagship Firms and The End of Globalization. He can be reached at 812-855-5417 (office), 812-333-2782 (home) (where he will be checking for messages) or

-- Dr. Kurt Kroenke, a senior research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care and professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, has conducted extensive studies on Gulf War Syndrome and related maladies. For assistance in reaching him, contact Joe Stuteville at 317-274-8881 (office) or 317-312-2504 (pager); or Mary Hardin at 317-274-5456 (office) or 317-312-2542 (pager).

-- Dr. Rose Fife, assistant dean and professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, heads the school's bioterrorism committee and is a member of a task force on disaster preparedness for the mayor of Indianapolis. For assistance in reaching her, contact Joe Stuteville at 317-274-8881 (office) or 317-312-2504 (pager); or Mary Hardin at 317-274-5456 (office) or 317-312-2542 (pager).