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VOA Experts Cover the Globe at Lecture Series

Course will examine topics from extremism to democracy and development

Washington, D.C., October 1, 2009 – Experienced journalists from the Voice of America (VOA) will share their knowledge of volatile regions around the world at a lecture series beginning this week.

Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University, the 10-week course entitled "VOA Correspondents Cover the Globe," features journalists who have lived and worked as journalists in places such as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and the Balkans.

Among the speakers are: Spozhmai Maiwandi, who fled Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion in the 1980's; Iranian television anchor Vafa Mostaghim; Asian expert Jay Henderson, and Elez Biberaj, an Albanian native who heads VOA’s Europe and Eurasia Division.

The course will examine extremism in Pakistan, China as a global power and the continuing struggle for democracy and development in Africa.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute ( is an association dedicated to continuing education for intellectually curious retirees, offering over 60 study groups on a wide variety of subjects each semester.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 125 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages. VOA is the leading U.S. international broadcaster.

For more information, call VOA Public Relations at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail