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December 18, 2013

ELT People | Education | Iraq

The view from an American veteran teaching in Iraq

andrew-slater.jpgNew Orleans Public Radio interviews a veteran of three tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army who later returned to the country to teach English.

Connecticut native Andrew Slater served three tours of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Army infantry and special forces officer. He came home. But then he went back to the country he fought in.

Slater now teaches English at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. That’s in the Kurdish part of the country, which has been more peaceful that the rest of Iraq, but even that area has been touched by the violence that has plagued the country this year.

Slater has his students read Faulkner, Melville and speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. He joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss his students, who are the future of Iraq.

Listen to the interview on New Orleans Public Radio.

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