West Virginia University faculty will discuss the historical, political and religious aspects of the U.S.-led war in Iraq during a forum at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The forum, sponsored by the Student Government Administration and WVU Office of Social Justice, is free and open to the public.

“This forum will be for students and the general public to ask questions of the professors and become better educated about the war in Iraq,”said Jordan Workman, SGA vice president.”We feel educated students can make educated decisions.”

Faculty panelists will include:

  • Bill Arnett, associate professor of history who specializes in modern Middle Eastern history and the rise of Islam
  • Joe Hagan, a political science professor whose expertise is international relations and comparative foreign policy analysis
  • Aaron Gale, assistant professor of religious studies who is knowledgeable about the differences and commonalities of Christianity, Islam and Judaism

Each panelist will give a brief presentation, then answer questions from the audience, Workman said.

The forum is not a venue for people to vent their opinions on the war, he added.

“We have had rallies both for and against the war on campus, but I think a lot of students still have a lot of questions,”he said.”This forum will focus on the facts, not on opinion or political biases.”