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Jordanian prince to discuss future of Middle East

Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
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EDITORS NOTE: Prince El Hassan of Jordan will be available to meet with reporters during a news conference beginning at about 5:30 p.m. in the backstage area of the Tryon Festival Theater of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan will discuss the future of the Middle East in a public forum at the University of Illinois on April 10.

El Hassan, the brother of the late King Hussein of Jordan, will frame his presentation around the question, "Is There a New Opportunity for Peace in the Middle East?" The talk, part of the UI’s Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm2002 lecture series, is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in the Tryon Festival Theater at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.

The prince, who is visiting the UI at the invitation of his friend, UI physics professor Munir Nayfeh, is regarded as an intellectual, author, science and technology policymaker, and politician with intimate knowledge of the cultural, religious and political issues of the Middle East and the world beyond. He is president of the Club of Rome; moderator of the World Conference on Religion and Peace; vice chairman of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue, Geneva; and president of Jordan’s Higher Council for Science and Technology.

El Hassan's visit to the UI is sponsored by International Programs and Studies and the Office of the Associate Provost for International Affairs in conjunction with the department of physics; Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security; and Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.