IU programs keeping pace with rapid-fire events in Iran, Middle East

Nuclear talks with Iran. Ongoing civil war in Syria. Revolution and popular revolt in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and Northern Africa. How is anyone supposed to keep up?

Fortunately for those of us at IU Bloomington, scholars and campus centers and organizations have scheduled lectures, discussions and presentations that keep pace with the dizzying array of news. Here are a few:

  • Today, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. — Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will speak on “U.S. and Iran: Breakthrough or False Hope?” The lecture is in room 125 of the IU Maurer School of Law. Esfandiari spent 105 days in solitary confinement after being arrested by Iranian security forces in 2007 and is the author of “My Prison, My Home: One Woman’s Story of Captivity in Iran.”
  • Thursday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. — Linda Herrerra, associate professor of education policy at the University of Illinois, will speak on “People vs. Power in Egypt” in the IMU Maple Room. The talk will focus on the use of
    Abdalrazzaq Moaz

    Abdalrazzaq Moaz

    social media in struggles over who can maneuver the levers of ideology and culture to formulate new ideas for an alternative order.

  • Friday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m. — Abdalrazzaq Moaz, former director of antiquities and museums of Syria, will speak on “The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Syria” in Ballantine Hall 340. Moaz is an adjunct professor in IU Bloomington’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.
  • Friday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. — Risa Brooks, associate professor of political science at Marquette University, will give a lecture titled “Should We Stay or Should We Go” in Wylie Hall 005. Brooks will analyze patterns of leadership defection by Arab militaries in the 2011 uprisings.

Credit for organizing most of these events, and for publicizing all of them, goes to the Center for the Study of the Middle East, part of IU’s new School of Global and International Studies. Designated a Title VI National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education, the center includes approximately 100 affiliated faculty members and supports academic programs, scholarship, public outreach and support for educators and students at all levels.

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