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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
information for Ehud Spinzak is not yet available, but will be provided
with an announcement closer to the time of his talk.]
more information, call W. Nathaniel Howell, director of the Institute
for Global Policy Research, at (804) 924-3773.
Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858