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2011.02.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Unrest in Egypt is Focus of Feb. 10 Panel Discussion

Omaha - The current political and social unrest in Egypt and Tunisia will serve as the focus of a panel discussion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Thursday, Feb. 10.

The 7 p.m. presentation – "Turmoil in Egypt and the Middle East: Contextualizing History in the Making” – will take place in the Council Room, located on the third floor of UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center.

The Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies and the “Middle East Project Fund" of the UNO Department of History are co-sponsors of the event.

The panelists will include:

Dr. John Calvert, Henry W. Casper SJ Associate Professor of History
Department of History, Creighton University

Dr. Moshe Gershovich, professor of History and Director of the Middle East Project Fund,
Department of History, UNO

“As Tunisia’s ‘Jasmine Revolution’ has evolved into mass demonstrations in Egypt and discontent in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, many questions remain to be addressed regarding the impact of these events on the United States and the international community,” Gershovich said. “While predicting the likely outcomes of these events may be tricky and premature, we can, and should, seek a historical context and perspective.”

Guy Matalon, Jewish Federation of Omaha Professor of Judaic Studies and director of the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, will moderate the panel discussion.

For more information, contact Moshe Gershovich, Department of History: (402) 554-3175 or mgershovich@unomaha.edu.

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