Forum 22-23: Aftermaths II: The Invasion of Iraq in the Present

This event was part of the 2022-23 Notre Dame Forum, focused on the theme “War & Peace.”

Twenty years ago the United States invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq, a country of 44 million people that was, at the time, one of the most secular nations in the Middle East. By the time U.S. forces left in 2011, more than 100,000 people had been killed, thousands more had fled, and fundamentalist militias ruled the streets. 

On Friday, March 31, 2023, Iraqi authors joined writers and members of the Notre Dame community to discuss the aftermaths of war and peace, and explore how the invasion of Iraq and its legacy continues to impact the present.

Moderator: Atalia Omer is Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame

Salar Abdoh is an Iranian novelist and essayist

Amal Al-Jubouri is an Iraqi writer, poet, translator, journalist and publisher

Mortada Gzar is an Iraqi novelist, filmmaker, and visual artist

Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi American poet and writer

For more information visit the event website.

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March 31, 2023

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