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October 25, 2007


CSU Dominguez Hills Political Science Department
Invites Panel to Discuss U.S.-Iran Relations

Carson, CA Three scholars knowledgeable on Iran and issues surrounding the U.S.-Iran debate will be at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Wednesday, Nov. 14, to answer the question, “Is Iran a Threat to America’s Strategic Interests in the Persian Gulf Region?”

Organized by the Department of Political Science and Economics, and the Association of Political Science Undergraduate Students, the panel discussion will take place from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in the Loker Student Union on campus. The event is open to the public.

“This is a very timely issue and we are thrilled to have these distinguished scholars come speak at our campus,” said Hamoud Salhi, assistant professor of political science, who will serve as moderator.

On the panel will be Reese Erlich, a national best-selling author and freelance reporter, Dr. Muhammad Sahimi, professor of chemical engineering and material science at the University of Southern California, and Dr. Akbar Torbat, professor of finance and economics at CSUDH.

Erlich has covered the Middle East as a journalist since 1987. His articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and Mother Jones, and he has reported for CBC Radio-Canada and National Public Radio. In 2003 he co-authored with Norman Solomon the book “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You,” and earlier this year he published “The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of the U.S. Policy and the Middle East.”

Sahimi joined the faculty at USC more than 20 years ago and is well respected for his research and contributions in the fields of chemical and petroleum engineering. A native of Iran, he has also written extensively about Iran’s nuclear programs and is an outspoken opponent of not only the current political leadership in Iran but also of any U.S. sanctions and intervention there.

An adjunct faculty member at CSUDH, Torbat has a Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Texas, Dallas. He specializes in international political economy and has done extensive research on U.S.-Iran economic relations. A frequent guest speaker on the subject, Dr. Torbat also has had articles about his research findings published in international publications and scholarly journals and has been interviewed by media outlets and think tank organizations such as CNN, Dow Jones and Bloomberg News and the Council on Foreign Relations.

“I’m hoping our panel will be able to tell us whether the U.S. will be engaged in another war with Iran, and if that is the case, what are the implications,” Salhi said. “Our guest speakers are well qualified to look at both sides. It should be a very balanced discussion. The audience will leave with an educated and informed view on the matter.”

California State University, Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria St., near Avalon Street, in the city of Carson. A map of the campus is available online at www.csudh.edu/site/VisitUs/Maps.asp.

Public parking is permissible in campus lots with a valid parking permit. Permits are $3 and can be purchased at the yellow kiosk machines adjacent to each lot.

For more information, call (310) 243-3982.

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About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.




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