George Marquis

March 31st, 2011

George Marquis, Senior Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition, was interviewed by the BBC World Service's "World Update" on March 30, 2011. The BBC's Dan Damon asked him about his time living in Syria when he taught Bassel Al Assad, the favored son of Syria's ruling al-Assad family. In the interview, George talks about Bassel's death, and about meeting Bashar Al Assad at the family home. He says that he never imagined Bashar wanted to become president – he seemed more interested in medicine than politics and uncomfortable in the spotlight. But Basil's death in a road accident in 1994 pushed Bashar into the job. You can listen to the interview at  30/3/2011  The interview runs from about 43:00 – 47:45.

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