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2012.04.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

'Arab Spring' Workshop to Be Held April 15 at UNO

Omaha - The Middle East Project Fund at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is proud to host a one-day scholarly workshop marking the first anniversary of demonstrations and protest movements throughout North Africa and the Middle East, termed the "Arab Spring."

The event will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Collaborating Commons on the UNO Campus at 6001 Dodge St. Cosponsoring the workshop are the UNO College of Arts and Sciences; UNO Department of History and its Charles and Mary Martin Fund; the Islamic Studies Program; and the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies. The event is free and open to the public, including members of the UNO community.

The Workshop will feature short presentations by twelve scholars of the contemporary Middle East and related areas who are teaching at UNO, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Creighton University, as well the University of Denver, Wichita State University and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. These presentations and follow-up discussions will focus on the impact of the “Arab Sping” on regional, religious, and ethnic aspects of the Middle East and North Africa.

Capping the day's events will be a keynote presentation titled "Tahrir Square: One Year and Counting," delivered by Joel Gordon, professor of history and director of the King Fahd Center of Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas. The keynote address will begin at 7 p.m. in 101 CPACS. Gordon taught at UNO for two years before joining the University of Arkansas faculty in 1999. His research focuses on modern Egyptian history and popular culture in the Arab Middle East -- especially Arab cinema.

The Middle East Project Fund was created in 2010 to encourage and enhance teaching, research and scholarship related to the study of the modern Middle East. For further information about the “Arab Spring” workshop, contact Moshe Gershovich, professor of history at UNO and Director of the Middle East Project Fund, at mgershovich@unomaha.edu, or by phone at (402) 554-3175.

For a complete schedule of these panels and titles of the presentations, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/history/arabspring.php.

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