Wounds of war examined

Le Moyne to host lecture series looking at impact of Iraq War

by luke eggleston
sun staff writer

Le Moyne College is currently hosting “The Wounds of War,” a series that will focus on the impact of the Iraq War on displaced Iraqis in the country, Iraqi refugees, and returning American veterans.

Each lecture will consist of an expert presentation, a local reaction and a question and answer session. The goal of this lecture series, coordinated by the Syracuse Interfaith Iraq Reparations Group, is to make people more aware of the impact of the War in Iraq. All three lectures are free and will take place in the Panasci Family Chapel beginning at 7 p.m.

The Tuesday, Oct. 7, presentation will feature Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell, who will speak about displaced Iraqis within Iraq.

“From what I’ve heard, they’re excellent presenters,” said organizer Frank Woolever.

Woolever described the presentation as a reflection on the grassroots reality of displaced people — especially women and children — in Iraq since the beginning of the war and into the present.

Trotochaud and McDowell have led 15 delegations to Iraq since 1996 and moved to Baghdad in 2003 for two years to work with emerging civil organizations and to coordinate relief and development projects for American Friends Service Committee.

On Monday, Oct. 27, Kristele Younes, a Senior Advocate with Refugees International, will discuss her work advocating for the needs of Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The number of Iraqis who have fled to the surrounding nations is currently in the millions. Upon arriving on the Le Moyne campus, Younes will have just returned from a second three-week visit to the Middle East where she will have met with and interviewed Iraqi refugees.

“This is her specialty and she will talk about refugees, many of whom have had to settle in camps where they just try to eke out a living and many others who wish to come to the U.S.,” Woolever said.

The final installment of the Wounds of War series will be held Tuesday, Nov. 11, when Bill Cross, a Syracuse psychologist and Onondaga Community College professor with extensive experience working with veterans, will speak on the needs of returning wounded veterans.

Cross is a graduate of West Point who served in the military. Woolever said that Cross offers a unique perspective on veterans’ experiences because of both his personal and professional experiences.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 445-4114.

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