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EPIC: Empowering Youth for Peace in Iraq

/This podcast conveys the imperative message that even grassroots efforts can have a tremendous impact on the lives of many individuals. It also demonstrates the importance of connecting Iraqis with Americans, and offering the US public an opportunity to experience and learn from the strong, ancient and historic culture and traditions of Iraq and its people.

Remembering Pete Seeger 1919-2014

/Iraqi student Taif Jany gives Pete Seeger a gift: the words to the famous Woody Guthrie song "This Land is Your Land," as adapted by ISP students in Damascus, Syria. The occasion is Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration, May Day 2009, with friends and local musicians at the Beacon Sloop Club on the Hudson River.
The audience sings along with Pete and Taif. Camera: Briana Therien; Editor: Emily Perry; Producer: Andrew Courtney
Watch video here: http://www.vimeo.com/4458045.

ISP News and New Year Appeal

Another year has passed, and we want to thank you for your continued support in 2013. We hope you and your loved ones have a new year filled with peace. Your support of ISP has accomplished so much over the past year . . . . (click on headline to continue)

In Loving Memory: Betty Jane Wagner (BJ)

/Betty Jane (BJ) Wagner
(6-24-1928 ~ 12-12-2013).
Our long-time ISP supporter went to God on Thursday, December 12, after losing a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. BJ was a member of the original core committee for ISP DePaul and a dear friend of Hala Nakla, who graduated in 2013. BJ also stepped up to support Safana Alomary. We will miss her generosity, her stamina in hard struggles, her warmth, and her wit. Her family has listed ISP DePaul as one of the recipients for memorial donations, and we deeply appreciate their continuing generosity. A memorial service for BJ was held at on Sunday, December 22, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston.

National Catholic Reporter features ISP

/An Overview of ISP in the NCR. Photo L to R: Ahmed (Fontbonne University, St Louis MO), Awss (Lewis University, Romeoville IL) Theresa Kubasak (co-founder of ISP), Riyam (Regis University, Denver CO), and Mustafa (Christian Brothers University, Memphis TN).

News from ISP - October 2013

/Our Iraqi students have distinguished themselves in so many ways during their time at US colleges and universities. Our pride in their accomplishments grows with every step they take toward graduation. In this issue of our newsletter, we highlight not only their academic achievements but their involvement in extra-curricular activities as well. More students' stories will appear in the next issue of ISP NEWS.
The stories you read here will, we hope, inspire you to give generously. Our students are a very good investment for your goodness. Wishing you every blessing.

Graduation Days at ISP

/Celebrating what your generosity makes possible . . . . This Spring, fifteen graduated with degrees in a variety of disciplines. Three of them, Mohammed, Anas, and Mustafa, graduated from the College of St. Benedict in Duluth, MN.

Helping Refugees Get a College Education

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COMMONWEAL features writing of ISP Students

/Earlier this year eight Iraqi students between the ages of eighteen and twenty-three read the debate in Commonweal about the sanctions imposed on Iraq from 1990 to 2003 (“Better Than War?” February 10). Ironically, as guests of Syria,they were again living under sanctions. After reading the Commonweal articles by Joy Gordon, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, and George Lopez, the students wrote brief responses. The following excerpts are taken from three of those responses.

—Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak,
Directors of The Iraqi Student Project, Damascus

Imagine Hope . . .

A short video by Ben Younan, ISP Director of Media and Publicity, describes our mission...