My Obligation to Iraqi Academe

My Obligation to Iraqi Academe 1

Chronicle review photo illustration by Scott Seymour, original photos by Randy Malamud

When I left for Iraq last November, some of my colleagues and family thought it was a foolhardy adventure. But I decided that if millions of Iraqis have managed to live their entire lives under siege, I'd probably survive for a week.

I was consulting for IREX, a Washington nonprofit whose Iraq University Linkages Program is helping to modernize an educational infrastructure that has suffered decades of war and