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Former NPR Correspondent to Discuss Mideast Peace Prospects

June 3, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Longtime National Public Radio foreign correspondent Linda Gradstein will discuss the likelihood of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal when she delivers a lecture Thursday, June 4, at Northwestern University.

Gradstein’s lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in Room 3-119 of McCormick Tribune Center, 1870 Campus Drive, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Free and open to the public, it is part of the Medill School of Journalism’s Crain Lecture Series.

In “Is It Finally Time for an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal?” Gradstein, who served as National Public Radio’s Jerusalem correspondent for more than 20 years, will discuss the high-profile efforts of the Obama administration for a final peace deal within the next year.

Polls show both Israeli and Palestinian citizens are ready for a deal which would involve a substantial Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and the creation of an independent state, Gradstein says. In return, Palestinians would have to sacrifice the “right of return” that allows Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes in Israel.

In the course of her long career in Jerusalem, Gradstein has talked to hundreds of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians as well as officials. In traveling throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, she has acquired a unique perspective of the situation that many call the world’s last intractable conflict.

Fluent in both Hebrew and Arabic, Gradstein won the Overseas Press Club Award for her coverage of the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. She was part of a team that earned the Alfred I. Dupont Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her Gulf War coverage.

The popular, admission-free Crain Lecture Series is named in honor of magazine publishers Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. For further information about the June 4 event, call (847) 491-5401 or visit the Medill Web site at http://www.medill.northwestern.edu.
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