Arab Spring Conference: A Year that Changed the World All Day Sat 2 25 12

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Arab Spring Conference: A Year that Changed the World 25 February 2012


Protesters in Tahrir Square.
  • Date: February 25th, 2012
  • Time: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Location: Portland State University, Smith Building Room 294, 238, 296
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The events of the Arab Spring have been awesome and inspiring, opening up the possibility of a regional landscape that is almost unfathomably different from what would have been predicted just one year ago.

Students United For Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER, of Portland State University) has organized a wide-ranging conference that is designed to analyze the events of the Arab Spring, its regional and international implications, and its effects on the future of Palestine.

We hope you will join us for this day of revolutionary learning!

This conference is open to the general public and FREE for students!

Suggested donation of $10-20 for non-students.

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  • Coffee and Registration — 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Come early if you want to mingle before the conference, but you're also more than welcome to drop in at any point as it's going on!

  • 1st session — 10:00 - 11:30

Islamophobia and Political Islam: Deepa Kumar

The Revolts in Syria and Yemen: Mokhtar Alkhanshali and Wael Elasady

  • 2nd session — 11:45 - 1:15

Workers' Struggles in the Arab Spring: Joel Beinin

Palestine and the Arab Spring: Nora Barrows-Friedman

  • Lunch — 1:15 - 2:00 PM

Light lunch will be served.

  • 3rd session — 2:00 - 3:30

The US and the Arab Revolt: As'ad Abu Khalil

The Art of Resistance in Palestine: William Parry

  • 4th session — 3:30 - 5:00

Occupy and the Egyptian Revolution: Shima'a Helmy

Black Liberation and Palestine: Jesse Hagiopan and Tasha Triplett

  • Evening Plenary Panel — 5:30 - 6:30

"The Arab Spring: Challenges and Prospects"

with Deepa Kumar, As'ad Abu Khalil, Joel Beinin, Shima Helmy

  • Cultural Celebration and Dinner — 8:00 - 10:00

This event will feature drumming, Depka (traditional Palestinian dance), Gazan children's artwork, poetry, food, and more.

You are welcome to attend the Cultural Celebration even if you do not attend the days' speaker events.

Other details
About featured speakers:

AS'AD ABUKHALIL: Professor of Political Science at California State University and author of The Angry Arab New Service blog, speaking on the role(s) of the United States in the Arab Spring

DEPPA KUMAR: Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle East Studies at Rutgers University and author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, speaking on Islamophobia and the Arab Spring

JOEL BEININ: Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University, speaking on workers' rights in the Arab Spring

NORA BARROWS-FRIEDMAN: Staff editor and reporter for the Electronic Intifada and correspondent for Al Jazeera, speaking on human rights in Palestine

WILLIAM PARRY: Journalist and photographer, presenting his recently published book, Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine

MOKHTAR ALKHANSHALI: Yemeni activist, and WAEL ELASADY, local activist and co-host of the KBOO radio program "One Land, Many Voices," speaking on the revolutions in Yemen and Syria

SHIMA'A HELMY: Egyptian activist, speaking on the role of media in the Egyptian revolution

JESSE HAGIOPAN: Social justice activist

TASHA TRIPLETT: PSU student and activist, speaking about the Black Liberation movement and Palestine.

Cosponsored by
  • Arab Persian Student Union
  • International Socialist Organization
  • PSU Middle East Studies Center
  • Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
  • Friends of Sabeel
  • Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Portland BDS Coalition
  • Sociology of Islam
  • Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land

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