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From Iraq to Idaho

From Iraq to Idaho

THE MARTIN INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS WITH FORUM
University of Idaho President Duane Nellis To Give Opening Remarks


To celebrate its 30th anniversary, The Martin Institute at the University of Idaho will host a one night event “From Iraq to Idaho” as part of the Martin Forum program on Tuesday, September 22  at 7:00 p.m. at the UI Administration Building Auditorium.  Admission is free. 

The celebration coincides with a meeting that will take place earlier in the day of the Martin Institute Advisory Board and the arrival of Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, former United States Ambassador to Iraq. The evening forum begins with opening remarks by University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis, followed by a panel discussion with Wisam “Sam” Abdul Aziz Al-Hormezi and Leslye Moore on their experiences with the refugee resettlement program in the United States.  The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period. 

 “We’re excited to highlight this linkage of international issues to the state of Idaho,” said Bill L. Smith, director of the Martin Institute and School.  “It fits nicely with Boyd and Grace’s vision and is a worthy way to recognize the thirtieth anniversary.”

 Sam Al-Hormezi was a translator for US Forces in his native Iraq before becoming a refugee and, eventually, resettling in Boise, Idaho. Al-Hormezi earned a B.A. in Standard English and an M.A. in English and American Literature, both from the Bagdad University in Iraq. He taught English as Second Language at the Salahideen University in Erbil, Iraq. He also served as a cultural advisor for Blackwater Worldwide, responsible for maintaining an open line of communication between the company and Kurdistan Regional Government, translating official documents, interpreting directly into three languages, and briefing senior level company executives about emerging situations in Iraq. Before joining Blackwater, Al-Hormezi worked as interpreter for the US Army National Guard with real time translation for the 210th Military Police Company in Bagdad, Iraq.

Leslye Moore is the Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Boise, Idaho. Since 2005 she has been working with the Project for Strengthening Organizations Assisting Refugees (SOAR) as an expert advisor in strategic planning and effective leadership. Moore shares her expertise with a number of refugee-run community organizations across the country. Her contributions to Project SOAR as a member of the Field Advisory Network play an integral role in the project’s success in working with ethnic-community based organizations.

In addition to the public forum to be held Tuesday evening, Al-Hormezi will be available to speak to individual departments and/or classes on Thursday morning. Programs wishing to take advantage of his visit should contact the Martin Institute at (208) 885-6527 or e-mail to martin@uidaho.edu.

Founded in 1979 by Boyd and Grace Martin, the Martin Institute is celebrating 30 years of advancing research and teaching into the causes of conflict and peaceful resolution. The Institute administers an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in International Studies including offering courses, speakers, and sponsors a lecture and discussion series on international topics.