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Media Advisory: Civilian Deaths in Iraq Subject of UAlbany Journalism Lecture

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 25, 2007)

Les Roberts, adjunct associate professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, will address "Civilian Deaths in Iraq" and explore why this information is seldom reported in the U.S. media. This is the final lecture of the Scientists & Journalists: Dialogues for the 21st Century, Spring 2007 lecture series sponsored by the University at Albany's Journalism Program and supported by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.


  • Les Roberts, adjunct associate professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and lecturer in Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Thomas Bass, professor of English and journalism, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany (introduction)
  • Alan Chartock, Northeast Public Radio president and CEO (respondent)

Thursday, April 26, 2007, 8 p.m.

Standish Room, Science Library third floor, University at Albany uptown campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y.

Roberts is author of the famous Lancet article on "Mortality after the 2003 Invasion of Iraq." He led the team of researchers which established that the death toll in Iraq, as of a year ago, was more than 650,000 civilians.

The University at Albany recently received approval from State University of New York (SUNY) and the State Education Department to begin a 36-credit bachelor's degree program in journalism. Students interested in journalism previously studied the subject as a minor in the English Department, beginning in 1973. The minor still continues. The new undergraduate program offers students four concentrations: public affairs journalism; science, technology, and society; digital and visual media; and general journalism.

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