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Birdwood PavilionU.Va. Institute for Global Policy Research to Sponsor Lecture Series

Oct. 20, 1999 -- The University of Virginia Institute for Global Policy Research announces its 1999-2000 lecture series, which includes an expert on biological terrorism and two speakers on the Middle East.

Oct. 26 -- Lieut. Gen. Ronald R. Blanck, M.D., the surgeon general of the U.S. Army will speak on "Biological Terrorism." Newcomb Hall Theater, 2 p.m.

Nov. 4 -- Shafeeq N. Ghabra, director of the Kuwait Information Office in Washington, D.C., and professor of political science at Kuwait University, will speak on "Recent Trends in Civil Society and Democracy in the Gulf and Middle East." Room G004a Ruffner Hall, Curry School of Education, 2 p.m.

Feb. 9 -- Ehud Sprinzak, professor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, will speak on "The Assassination of Prime Minister Rabin: Background and Implications." Dome Room, the Rotunda, 2 p.m.

The Speakers

Lt. Gen. Ronald Blanck became the U.S. Army's 39th Surgeon General in 1996. He also serves as the commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command, in Fort Sam Houston, Tex., where he directs more than 46,000 military and 26,000 civilian employees worldwide.

He entered the Army in 1968 as a general medical officer in Vietnam. He later completed a residency in internal medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he served in various capacities for several years. He also served as commander of the U.S. Army Hospital, Berlin, and of the Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center in Frankfurt, Germany. Before being sworn in to his current positions, he served as commander of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command.

Shafeeq Ghabra earned his doctorate in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987, with special emphasis on comparative politics, public administration and Middle East studies. Since then he has been on the political science faculty of Kuwait University. He is the editor-in-chief of Kuwait's Journal of the Social Sciences and he writes a column on political affairs for daily newspapers in Kuwait, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates.

His book, "Palestinians in Kuwait: The Family and the Politics of Survival," was named by Choice as the Outstanding Academic Book of 1989. His latest book is "Israel and the Arabs: From the Conflict of Issues to the Peace of Interests."

[Biographical information for Ehud Spinzak is not yet available, but will be provided with an announcement closer to the time of his talk.]

For more information, call W. Nathaniel Howell, director of the Institute for Global Policy Research, at (804) 924-3773.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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