Former Advisor to Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education To Speak At International Cultural
August 30, 2007
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,