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Egypt Teach-In

Egypt Teach-In

UC Riverside scholars will analyze protests and prospects for democracy on Feb. 9.

(February 7, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – As events in Egypt unfold, a panel of UC Riverside scholars of the Middle East and Islam will conduct a “teach-in” about what the protests mean and where they could lead on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 2:30 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Building 1113.

“ The Events in Egypt and Their Significance: A Teach-In” is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.

UC Riverside has a large and knowledgeable group of faculty in Middle East and Islamic studies, said Georgia Warnke, director of the UCR Center for Ideas and Society, which is sponsoring the event.

“The center's teach-in is intended to help students and other participants understand the background for the recent and on-going events in Egypt, their implications for democracy, and their possible consequences for other countries in the region,” she said.

Among the questions panelists will discuss are: What do Egyptians want? What can peaceful demonstrations achieve? Who will take over? What role do women and minorities play in reshaping politics in the area? And, how can we understand the Egyptian context when we take the history of other movements in the Middle East into account?

Each presenter will speak for a few minutes before opening the session to the audience for questions and comments.

Participating scholars and their areas of expertise are: Muhamad Ali, assistant professor of religious studies, Islamic studies; Feryal Cherif, assistant professor of political science, politics of the Middle East; Ebru Erdem, assistant professor of political science, political Islam; Sherine Hafez, assistant professor of women’s studies, Islamic societies and cultures; Susan Ossman, professor of anthropology and director of the Global Studies Program, emerging forms of transnational social life and political engagement from the perspective of serial migrants in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe; Jeffrey Sacks, assistant professor of Arabic, Arabic literature and literary studies, and postcolonial studies; and Fariba Zarinebaf, associate professor of history, gender and Islam.

Stephen Cullenberg, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, will serve as moderator.

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