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March 14, 2012
Contact: Mike Krings, KU News Service, 785-864-8860

Lecture series to explore Arab Spring, history, political science, social media

James Gelvin


Jessica Winegar


Andy Carvin


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LAWRENCE — From Tunisia to Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syria, civil unrest has shaken the political and social stability of North African and Middle Eastern countries. To better understand these events, known collectively as the Arab Spring, the University of Kansas will host a lecture series featuring several academic and social media experts.

This series is designed to cast new light on the revolutions in the Middle East from a diverse perspective, including history and political science, art history and social media. The program for the Spring 2012 Arab Spring Lecture Series, hosted by the University Honors Program, in conjunction with the Dole Institute, the Center for Global and International Studies, the Spencer Art Museum, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the departments of Religious Studies and Anthropology, and The Commons, is the following:

"The Arab Uprisings at the Intersection of the National and Transnational," James Gelvin, professor of history, UCLA, 7:30 p.m. March 26, The Commons at Spooner Hall.

“Creativity and Revolution: Egypt at a Crossroads,” Jessica Winegar, assistant professor of anthropology, Northwestern University, 5:30 p.m. April 4, Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium.

Interview with Andy Carvin, senior strategist, Social Media Desk, National Public Radio, about the use of social media in the Arab Spring, 7:30 p.m. April 11, Dole Institute of Politics.

The lectures are free and open to the public.


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