Former Advisor to Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education To Speak At International Cultural Center

John Agresto discusses challenges of putting education back together in a war zone.

John Agresto, former senior advisor to Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, will discuss his nine-month assignment assisting Iraqis in rebuilding their system of colleges and universities.

The lecture, titled "Eyewitness Iraq: Myths and Realities," will start at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave.

Working under U.S. Ambassador Paul Bremer, Agresto worked to rebuild Iraq’s higher-education infrastructure from Sept. 2003 to June 2004.

Agresto believed he could complete his work.

He was overly optimistic.

Following the lecture, Agresto will sign copies of his book, "Mugged By Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions."

The event is free and open to the public.

Because of highway construction, attendees should take Texas Tech Parkway or University Avenue to Fourth Street, then turn south on Indiana.

CONTACT: Jane Bell, director of International Cultural Center operations, (806) 742-2974, or