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USD alum Lynn von Koch to address Israeli/Palestinian discord

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Lynn von Koch, a 2006 graduate of The University of South Dakota, will be a featured guest speaker at USD on Friday, Oct. 22 to discuss her perspectives of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through her recent experiences in the Middle East.

Sponsored by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the USD Political Science League, von Koch’s address, “Perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Why are the simple solutions not enough?” is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Farber Hall. von Koch, who worked for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Afghanistan, Sudan and Palestinian Territories from 2005 to 2009, spent two years in Jerusalem that provided her with a unique perspective of the Israel and Palestine, particularly the politics and systems that complicate goals of peace.

Currently a student at the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, von Koch is working on a master’s degree in public affairs (M.P.A.) with a concentration in international relations. She graduated from USD four years ago with degrees in political science and economics. A photo of Lynn is available for download at

For more information about von Koch’s address, which is free and open to the public, or for information about the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, please e-mail or contact the Farber Center at (605) 677-5702.