JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council has invited Alison Weir to speak on the topic "Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Headlines" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, downtown. Journalist Alison Weir is the executive director of "If Americans Knew," a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Americans with information on topics of importance that are misreported or under-reported in the American media. She also is on the board of directors of the Council for the National Interest.
In February and March 2001, Weir left her position as editor of MarinScope newspaper in Sausalito, Calif., to travel independently as a freelance reporter throughout Gaza and the West Bank. Upon her return, she founded "If Americans Knew." She continues to research the issue intensively, her library on the issue now includes more than 100 books and she recently returned from three months traveling through the West Bank, Israel and the Golan Heights.
In March 2004, she was inducted into honorary membership of Phi Alpha Literary Society, founded in 1845 at Illinois College. The award cited her as a: "Courageous journalist-lecturer on behalf of human rights. The first woman to receive an honorary membership in Phi Alpha history."