FORMER GERMAN GREEN MEMBER OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO SPEAK ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN EU POLICY

November 1, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Ilka Schroeder, a former member of the European Parliament for the Green Party and now a visiting professor at Georgetown University, will speak at James Madison University on Monday, November 6, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in Blackwell Auditorium (Moody Hall 22). Schroeder’s lecture on “Between Hypocritical Solidarity and Open Anti-Zionism—How Germany and the EU Work against Israel” is being sponsored by JMU’s Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs and JMU Hillel. The event is free and open to the public and qualifies as a Wellness Passport Event for JMU students.

The youngest member of the European Parliament when she was elected as a member of the German Green Party in 1999, Ms. Schroeder later left the party to become an independent, although she still allies with the left. After 9/11, she took the lead in pushing the European Parliament to investigate the misuse of European Union aid by the Palestinian Authority to finance terrorism. She served in the parliament until 2004. She is the author of Weltmacht Europa—Hauptstadt Berlin? Ein EU-Handbuch (“World Power Europe, Capital Berlin? An E.U. Handbook,” Konkret Literatur Verlag, 2005). Ms. Schroeder is presently a visiting professor at Georgetown University where she teaches a course on anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in the Department of Government.

In addition to her public lecture, Ms. Schroeder will lead a Nelson Institute roundtable discussion with JMU faculty.

This program is funded by the Israel on Campus Coalition Israel Action Grant Program and supported by Morris B. Squire.