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UT Arlington Festival of Ideas highlights foreign policy

Monday, January 7, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

The University of Texas at Arlington 2007-2008 Festival of Ideas continues with an upcoming foreign policy lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Sosland, assistant professor of international business, trade and foreign policy at American University in Washington, D.C. Sosland will speak at noon Monday, Jan. 28, in room 108, University Hall, 601 S. Nedderman Drive. His lecture is titled “The Arab-Israeli Conflict and Water Scarcity: Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy."

Sosland’s research has focused on the politics of globalization and the political economy of the Middle East. He has published numerous academic works and has been an active participant in international conferences on the Middle East and world politics. Most recently, he has published a book on water scarcity and the Arab-Israeli conflict, Cooperating Rivals: The Riparian Politics of the Jordan River Basin (SUNY Press, 2007).

There will be opportunities for audience questions and general discussion following Sosland’s lecture. There is no charge to attend and reservations are not required. Contact Dr. Brent Sasley at for more information on this event.

The Festival of Ideas, now in its third year, is a program focused on special events produced on campus. Sponsored by the generous funding of UT Arlington alumnus Mustaque Ahmed and the College of Liberal Arts, the Festival of Ideas serves to stimulate conversation, encourage questions, and facilitate rapport between event presenters and viewers/participants. Funding and support for this event also was also provided by the Department of Political Science, Student Governance, Pi Sigma Alpha, the Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts and the Office of the Provost. Coordination of further Festival of Ideas programming for spring 2008 is under way and will be announced soon. Contact Festival of Ideas Coordinator Natalie Gaupp at or (817) 272-5722 for more information on the Festival of Ideas.


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