Initial Teach-In Provides Forum For Speeches On U.S./Iraq Conflict

Initial Teach-In Provides Forum For Speeches On U.S./Iraq Conflict
A Cal Poly Pomona student sits in the University Quad Wednesday, Oct. 9, listening to the first in a series of on-campus teach-ins addressing the possibility of war with Iraq. The event was organized by a group of concerned faculty and students.
History professor John Moore holds up a copy of the Charter of the United Nations during the Oct. 9 teach-in.

As students, faculty, staff and campus visitors assembled at Cal Poly Pomona on Wednesday, Oct. 9, for the initial teach-in addressing the United States/Iraq conflict, a young woman walked through the gathering with a simple statement affixed to her blouse: ?Don?t Attack Iraq.?

Her words reflected the tone of the noon-hour event, which drew an estimated 200 people to the University Quad for the first in a planned series of public forums. Organized by a group of concerned faculty and students, the series is intended to provide a variety of viewpoints involving current relations between the U.S. and Iraq as well as international reactions to the situation.

Moderated by history professor emeritus David Levering, the teach-in provided speakers in opposition to the current
Bush administration policy.

Political science professor Sid Silliman described and critiqued the current resolutions before Congress that would authorize war powers for President Bush. Student Farrah Hassen called for a broader review of facts and opinions surrounding the U.S./Iraq situation, asking that ?alternative voices be heard.? History professor John Moore reviewed the United Nations bureaucracy, international law and past U.N. resolutions relating to previous confrontations with Iraq. And student Danny Wang, stating that many of Iraq?s weapons currently causing concern were sold to that country by the U.S. during the late ?80s and early ?90s, requested audience members to ?write your elected officials to oppose this war.?

The second teach-in is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, Oct. 22, just outside the University Theatre (Building 24). That program will provide speakers in support of President Bush?s position, including Cal State San Bernardino political science professor Mark Clark.

The initial teach-in was streamed live over the Internet, and the second one will also be live streamed.

An archived presentation can be seen online at, and on campus cable network, Channels 32 and 33.

Students gather to sign petitions during a public forum that addressed the U.S./Iraq Conflict. The event drew an estimated 200 people to the University Quad.