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TEACH IN: March 27, 2003

Hello, my name is Steve Ross. I am a professor in the History Department and Co-Director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

On behalf of the faculty & administration, I want to welcome all of you to our Teach In on the War in Iraq.

For many of you, this is your 1st TEACH IN & you’re probably wondering What IS a Teach In? What’s the purpose of this gathering?

Simply put: Our goal today is to EDUCATE and INFORM.

To help us understand how to think about the war and its possible consequences.

The events of the past week have left us all with a wide array of emotions: sadness, anger, frustration, disbelief.

Most of us want to do something, but it’s unclear what should we do? What CAN we do?

The 1st thing we CAN do is EDUCATE ourselves. As Jefferson, Washington, Adams, and other leaders of the American Revolution noted, for a republic to survive its citizens need to be informed.

We hope to be part of that process today:

During the next two hours, we hope to bring a level of REASON, CALM & UNDERSTANDING to the current crisis.

Today’s speakers WILL NOT be giving you their personal views. This is not a forum for Pro-War or Anti-War opinions. Rather, we want to address 5 broad aspects of the current crisis: War and Geo Politics, War and the Economy, War and the Media, War and Ethics, War and Peace.

TODAY’S FORMAT: There will be 1 or 2 speakers for each topic, and each speaker will talk for about 5 or 10 minutes; we will then take 15 minutes of questions and comments from the audience. Then we will proceed through each set of speakers—with more questions from the audience.

I ask 2 favors from the audience: We have limited time, so please ask QUESTIONS rather than make statements & limit them to under 1 minute.

I also ask that we treat one another with respect and dignity. This is a place to discuss, not accuse or rant.

Before we begin, it is my great pleasure to introduce the Dean of the College, Joseph Aoun. NEXT: Rabbi Susan Laemmle, Dean of Religious Life

War and Geo Politics: Ron Steel (Intl Relations); Timur Kuran (Economics)
War and the Economy: Todd Sandler (Economics & Intl Relations)
War and the Media: Michael Parks (Annenberg School of Communications)
War and Ethics: Steve Lamy (Intl Relations); Alison Renteln (Poli Sci)
War and Peace: Richard Dekemjian (Poli Sci)

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