SUU Convocation: Five BYU Professors Address the War in Iraq

Published: October 11, 2007 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Five visiting professors from Brigham Young University will address Southern Utah University Students at a convocation on Tuesday, October 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU auditorium.

Professors Bowen, Bryner, Daynes, Hawkins and Jacoby will discuss the Iraq War. Bowen will focus on the Middle East, offering a general view of the area. Bryner and Daynes will discuss the point of view of the United States Government. Hawkins and Jacoby will talk about international repercussions of the war. SUU would also like to acknowledge the cooperation of Professor Eric Hyer, who will not be able to speak because of commitments in Washington DC.

In January of 2003, prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Professors Bowen, Bryner, Daynes, Hawkins, Jacoby and Hyer added their voices to a chorus of academicians around the nation who warned about potential unintended consequences of a preemptive war in Iraq. However, in the aftermath of 9/11 and the political climate leading up to the war, their warnings often went unnoticed—even after the Deseret Morning News published a joint letter-to-the-editor from the professors.

At the time of their letter, the professors were accused of being unpatriotic or politically motivated, due to their disquiet about invading Iraq. However, their pre-war warnings are now heralded as insightful and remarkably accurate. Earlier this year, the Deseret Morning News reflected back on the professors published warnings and said, “…their expert predictions about the aftermath of an American invasion of Iraq now appear downright prophetic.”

The event is open to the public. For more information about Southern Utah University’s Convocation series and a complete listing of presentations for Fall Semester, please visit

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