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(Boston) — The rebuilding of Iraq, the status of its higher education, and opportunities for international collaboration will be some of the topics discussed when Boston University’s International Visitors Program hosts the president, the deputy minister for scientific affairs, and nine faculty members from the University of Baghdad on Tuesday, June 28. Elizabeth Shannon, who helped launch BU’s International Visitors Program and serves as its director, will host the delegation during their visit to Boston.
“We give leaders and educators from around the world the chance to get to know Americans in their professions, usually on a one-to-one informal basis,” said Shannon. “Many BU faculty members who have helped host visitors later arrange to visit the nation of those they’ve hosted. It’s a great way for academics to stay in touch with people around the world who are working in their field.”
The group will meet at BU with a peer group of scholars led by Professor Shakir Mustafa, an Iraqi expatriate who left his country more than 15 years ago. Mustafa, an assistant professor of modern foreign languages and literatures at the school’s College of Arts and Sciences, teaches courses in beginning Arabic, contemporary Arab literature, Islamic literatures, and English literature. He has a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Baghdad, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.
As an arm of WorldBoston, BU’s international Visitors Program hosts academic and political leaders from around the world, reflecting BU’s stature in global affairs. WorldBoston, along with 96 other private, nonprofit organizations, comprises the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) and was nominated in 2001 by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) for the Nobel Peace Prize. NCIV’s mission is to promote democracy and peace by bringing together emerging leaders from around the world to share information and learn about one another’s cultures.