Director of Iraq National Library and Archive to Speak on the New Iraq

NEW YORK, November 8, 2007 Columbia University Libraries will host a lecture given by Dr. Saad Eskander, Director of the Iraq National Library and Archive, and recipient of the 2007 Scone Foundation Archivist of the Year Award.

WHAT: "Middle Class, Secular Culture, and the Establishment of Democracy in the New Iraq."

WHEN: November 12, 2007 6:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

WHERE: Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 121st Street, New York

Eskander will be introduced by Mr. George Packer. A reception will immediately follow the lecture and award presentation. For further information regarding this event, or to register, please contact Columbia University Libraries by sending email to

The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Columbia Libraries and the Scone Foundation, in association with the British Library.

The Scone Foundation Archivist of the Year Award is presented annually by the Scone Foundation to recognize an archivist who has made considerable contributions to his or her profession or who has provided significant support to scholars conducting research in history or biography. For more information about the Scone Foundation, email or call 212-600-4168.

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