Newsweek Political Correspondent Speaking At UIS June 23

SPRINGFIELD – Journalist and UIS alumnae Nina Burleigh is set to speak for the University of Springfield's Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series.

The session is titled “Challenges to Americans and American Journalists' Understanding of the Middle East in the Age of Jihad and ISIS.” This lecture will focus on helping attendees understand the culture and people of the Middle East. They will also learn about economic, political, social and religious systems to give them context for the current situations in Middle Eastern countries.

Burleigh, a Newsweek political correspondent, will talk about her experiences as a journalist and researcher in the Middle East. She is also the daughter of an Assyrian Christian Iraqi immigrant and will reflect on her personal experiences and cultural knowledge.

She will also be covering her research travels detailed in her books Unholy Business and Mirage. The books center around her travels in Israel and Egypt respectively.

The event takes place Tuesday, June 23 at 7 PM. It will be in the Studio Theatre located on the lower level of the University of Springfield's Public Affairs Center. The center is on One University Plaza on the university campus.

Other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and information can be found at All events are free and open to the public.

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