U Denver Hosts Student Peace Talks via HD Link

The University of Denver, in partnership with RJ Macklin and Associates, today will host "peace talks" between students in Israel and Iraq. The twist: The talks will be conducted via high-definition videoconferencing. The technology is being supplied by LifeSize, a developer of HD communications tools.

At 9:30 a.m. (Mountain) today, 25 high school students from Iraq will begin discussions with students in Israel. The Iraqi students will be physically present on the U Denver campus, visiting as part of the "Iraqi Youth Leaders Exchange Program" sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The Israeli students will be taking part in the discussions from Beersheva in Israel and led by Shaul Amir, ISIME's director in Israel.

The videoconference will use LifeSize Room, a communications tool that handles HD video at 1 Mbps.

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