January 16, 2012 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: Rackham Amphitheatre
Speaker: Panel of U-M Middle East Experts
With the demise of Tunisia’s president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on Jan. 14, 2011, the protests now called the ‘Arab Spring’ had scored their first success. Protests had begun in Algeria at that time, and a few days later spread to Egypt, leading to Husni Mubarak’s resignation on Jan. 23rd. New forms of protest, and a new powerful demand for civil rights and dignity emerged, as the world was watching in surprise. One year later, a panel of UM experts will ask: What has really happened? What did the uprisings achieve? Where did they fail? What are the prospects for the near and distant future?
Panelists: Mark Tessler, Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Vice Provost for International Affairs Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History and Director, Center for South Asian Studies Wijdan Alsayegh, Department of Near Eastern Studies Sarai Aharoni, Schusterman Visiting Israeli Lecturer, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Atef Said, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology Susanne Koelbl, foreign correspondent, Der Spiegel (Berlin), 2011-2012 Knight-Wallace Fellow