FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Date:  December 3, 2002

                                                                                                Contact: Cheryl D. Peck



Media Advisory


What:                   Former Middle Eastern correspondent for The New Yorker, Milton Viorst, will speak on “The Fractious Politics of Judaism.”


When:                  7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2002.


Where:                 Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield.


Background:          Viorst’s appearance is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois. He is the author of more than a dozen books, many of them on the Middle East.  His most recent book is What Shall I Do With This People?


                             Viorst will be available to sign copies of his book both before and after his talk, which will focus on religion and politics in Israel.  He has recently returned from Iraq, and as a longtime observer of the Middle East, will be willing to answer questions about the current crisis there.