#12: Our BIG Season Finale: Celebrating Why Iraq Matters

Karzan Fadhil and Tania Jalil participating in PHOTOVOICE IRAQ at American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS)

They’re smart, motivated, and ready to change the world. Who? They are the young participants of Iraq’s first ever PhotoVoice project.

In our season finale, EPIC Program Associate Taif Jany chats with Executive Director Erik Gustafson about his most recent trip to the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS) with PHOTOVOICE IRAQ – EPIC’s innovative initiative to empower young Iraqis.

Since its debut in August 2013, IRAQ MATTERS has been a unique, informative, and exciting resource that shines a light on Iraq and delivers different perspectives on the region that you will not get anywhere else.

To mark the end of our first season, we look back at some of our favorite moments, including excerpts from our interviews with:

  • Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak from Episode 11: Bridging Cultures through Higher Education (16:36)
  • David Slater, Chris Sullivan, and Lynne Schneider from Episode 7: Veterans Perspectives on Iraq (18:40)
  • Kyle Long from Episode 4: Higher Education in Iraq (23:42)
  • Bilal Wahab from Episode 3: Is Iraq’s Oil a Blessing or a Curse? (24:50)
  • Yasmeen Alamiri from Episode 8: Covering the White House a Conversation with Yasmeen Alamiri (27:06)
  • Ahmed Ali from Episode 2: Party Politics in Iraq (31:00)
  • Christine Van Den Toorn from Episode 10: Is Peace in Iraq Possible? The Story of “Little Iraq” (32:45)

We’re also extremely pleased to announce that our petition on Change.org to Put Iraq Back on the Agenda has exceeded our initial goal of 10,000 signatures. However, our work is not over yet. We ask you to spread the word and share our petition with your families and friends. Our message becomes stronger and more effective with more EPIC members like YOU supporting our cause.

Make sure that you stay tuned until the end of this episode for a sneak peak of our next season of IRAQ MATTERS. We will be talking to a lineup of fascinating guests who offer distinctly refreshing – even surprising – perspectives on Iraq, lessons from the past, and insights about the future.

Never miss an episode by subscribing to our iTunes, Stitcher, and YouTube channels, if you would like to get the most current episodes from our upcoming season of IRAQ MATTERS. And don’t forget to help us spread the word by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We love to hear from you, so feel free to leave us a comment or a suggestion for our next episodes!

Support bringing PHOTOVOICE IRAQ to Baghdad, and other projects on the field, by considering a tax-deductible donation to the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC): DONATE HERE

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