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Longtime CBS correspondent Lawrence Pintak to present Feb. 7 Whitworth Great Decisions lecture on “The U.S. and the Muslim World”

January 25, 2013
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Lawrence Pintak, who has been called the foremost chronicler of the interaction between Arab and Western media, will give the first lecture of Whitworth University’s 56th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series. Pintak is a former Middle East correspondent for CBS News and the founding dean of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, one of the most highly regarded programs in the country. His lecture, “The U.S. and the Muslim World,” will take place Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Whitworth’s Weyerhaeuser Hall. For more information, call (509) 777-4937.

Whitworth Professor of Political Science John Yoder says Pintak is an engaging speaker whose many years of living in the Middle East, along with his award-winning work with CBS News, will provide lecture attendees with context and a deeper understanding of the issues faced by people in that part of the world.

“Perhaps no other part of the world receives more attention that the Middle East – however, it is a region poorly understood by most Americans,” says Yoder. “Lawrence has a wonderful ability to go beneath the headlines and help his audience understand how Middle Easterners view themselves and the Western world. He enables his listeners to go beyond the clichés and slogans that seem to drive so much of our policy in the Middle East.”

Pintak has won two Overseas Press Club awards and was twice nominated for international Emmys. Prior to his work at WSU, Pintak served as director of the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research at The American University in Cairo. He is the host of The Murrow Interview, a series of broadcast conversations with leading figures in international affairs and global journalism, and was founding publisher of the online journal Arab Media & Society.

Pintak’s books include The New Arab Journalist (I.B. Tauris, 2011); Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam & the War of Ideas (Pluto Press, 2006); Seeds of Hate: How America’s Flawed Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad (Pluto Press, 2003); and Beirut Outtakes (Lexington Books, 1988).

The second Great Decisions lecture will take place on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre. For information on the Great Decisions Lecture Series, please call (509) 777-4937. Great Decisions 2013 is sponsored by the Whitworth Political Science Department.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs


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