MAY 12, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Politial Science Forum ­ "Lessons from te Past: Vietnam to Iraq"

A distinguished journalist who covered the Vietnam war, the 1991 Persian Gulf war and is now covering the Iraq war, will offer his perspective on what America has learned from these conflicts during a discussion forum sponsored by the California State University, Bakersfield Political Science Department on Thursday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

David Lamb, a reporter for Los Angeles Times, will discuss "Lessons from the Past: Vietnam to Iraq," during the forum in the Albertson Room adjacent to the Dore Theater on the CSUB campus. The forum is free, and the public is invited.

Lamb covered the Vietnam war for the Times, leaving Saigon in April 1975 shortly before the collapse of the South Vietnamese government. He spent much of his time in Vietnam in the field as a combat correspondent. Twenty years later, the Times asked him to return to open its new bureau in Hanoi. In May 2002, he published his book, "Vietnam Now: A Reporter Returns," detailing his experiences and encounters more than 20 years after the war ended.

Lamb's travels as a foreign correspondent for the Times have taken him to more than 120 countries and to all seven continents. In addition to the Vietnam War, he has covered the Iranian revolution, the overthrow of Idi Amin in Uganda, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the African famine and the Rwanda massacres, the Persian Gulf War, the popular uprising in Indonesia in 1998, the anarchy in East Timor in 1999, the war on terror in Afghanistan and many of the other major stories of the past two decades. His reporting has been nominated eight times for a Pulitzer Prize.

Light refreshments will be served at the forum. For more information, please call the CSUB Political Science Department at (661) 664-2141.