20th November 2003

 

PROFESSOR TO CRITICISE INVASION OF IRAQ

 

As anti-war protesters march outside Buckingham Palace the University of Lincoln’s Professor of Journalism prepares to lend his voice to the growing animosity towards the war in Iraq.

 

Professor Richard Keeble will take ‘The Myth of Gulf War 2’ as the theme for his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 25th November 2003 in which he will criticise the invasion of Iraq by US and UK-led forces.

 

In his talk the war in Iraq will be contextualised with a critical survey of the press coverage of US and UK foreign policy since the Falklands conflict in 1982, encompassing Grenada (1983), Libya (1986), Panama (1989), the Gulf War of 1991, Kosovo (1999) and Afghanistan (2001).

 

“The lecture will look at the notion of ‘warfare’, historical, political, economic and ideological elements and journalists’ links with the secret state,” said a spokesman for the university.

 

“Professor Keeble will also discuss the demonisation of the ‘enemy’ leader and the essential horror of the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and ‘enemy’ soldiers.”

 

The lecture will take place in the Jackson Lecture Theatre on the Brayford Pool campus at 6pm on Tuesday 25th November.

 

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm in the Atrium and wine and a light buffet will be served after the lecture.

 

Admission is free and open to all. If you would like to attend, contact Faith Cobaine on 01522 886626 or email fcobaine@lincoln.ac.uk stating the number of places you require.

 

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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244

Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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