Military perspective on Iraqi situation offered during ‘Community Conversations' event

As a part of the Community Conversations series entitled “The Iraq Question in Real Time,” an informal forum will be held in Maryville College’s student center, where members of the Maryville College community will gather to hear perspectives on the war from peers and colleagues who have loved ones serving in or near the Middle East.

WHO: The Maryville College community

WHAT: Forum to hear how people with loved ones and/or prior military experience feel about the situation in Iraq

WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Isaac’s Café, Bartlett Hall Student Center on the Maryville College campus

WHY: The Community Conversations series “The Iraq Question in Real Time” was planned prior to U.S. troops arriving in Iraq. Originally, three dates were set with three topics. This April 3 event was recently added to the Community Conversations program because, according to co-organizer Dr. Crystal Wright, the war has shed light on the sacrifices of military personnel and their families and the diversity of opinions among these Americans. “The purpose of the [Community Conversations] series is to encourage community members to consider with an open mind the many different perspectives on current political and social issues in light of ongoing developments, and reflect on those ideas in view of their own knowledge, values and experiences,” she said.

INFO: Read about Community Conversations at Maryville College News Online

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.