Iraqi Journalists Meet with Arabic Summer Institute Students
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies welcomed a group of visiting Iraqi journalists to campus recently for a cultural exchange with students and faculty of the UT Arabic Summer Institute. The journalists described their careers, discussed the current political climate in Iraq, and fielded questions from ASI students, all in Arabic. Each journalist articulated his or her area of interest within the field of journalism, ranging from economic and energy issues, to women’s rights, to the importance of minority groups in Iraq. In addition to informing students on numerous aspects of journalism in post-war Iraq, the event also provided students with valuable exposure to the Iraqi dialect of Arabic.
The Arabic Summer Institute coordinated the event with The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the quality of journalism worldwide. The ICFJ brought the journalists to the United States and is coordinating their three-week visit, which includes stops in Washington, D.C., Austin and New York.