Forum seeks greater understanding of Iraq |

Forum seeks greater understanding of Iraq

BRECKENRIDGE – Tonight’s Colorado Mountain College and Keystone Center Current Affairs forum “The Future and Past of Iraq,” will provide its audience with a greater understanding of the country with which the United States is at war.

Christopher “Kit” Miniclier, Denver Post reporter and photographer, James Jankowski, professor of Near Eastern history at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Ibrahim Kazerooni, Imam of the Ahl Al-Beit Mosque in Denver, will each present a different perspective of Iraq – its history and its future.

Prior to joining the Denver Post in 1978, Miniclier worked with the Associated Press in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

According to an article Miniclier wrote for the Denver Post Perspective section in January, Iraq is not merely the “lair of a defiant Saddam Hussein … but it is also the cradle of Western civilization” – more important to world heritage than is Egypt.

The country is part of what once was known as Mesopotamia, Miniclier wrote. The oldest civilization on Earth, Mesopotamia produced “the first form of writing in the Western world, wheeled vehicles, cultivated and irrigated crops, domesticated livestock” and more. Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, founded in 762 A.D., “flourished for 496 years and was the biggest city in the world west of China.”

Miniclier spoke with historian Jankowski during his research for the article on Iraq and wrote an article about Kazerooni, a Denver-based Islamic leader who was imprisoned and tortured in his homeland, Iraq, in the 1970s.

The three men will offer their individual perspectives of Iraq’s history, its present situation and its future, Miniclier said.

Tonight’s forum is the last in the Current Affairs series and is free and open to the public. The event is at 7 p.m. at CMC’s Speakeasy Theatre in Breckenridge. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions of the speakers.

For more information, please contact Rachel Pokrandt at 453-6757 ext. 2614, by e-mail at, or visit the Current Affairs Forum Web site at

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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