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Narrating the Arab Spring

Spring 2016 Course:
CLSC 3888
W 2:00 – 4:45PM
In English
Professor: Amara Lakhous
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The Arab Spring was a political, social, and cultural earthquake. In a short period of time, four dictators were forced out of office: in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. While each case must be studied separately, the very fact of their overthrow is proof that the Arab world is not homogeneous. In Tunisia and Egypt, the uprisings were successful because certain elements of modernity, including a strong civil society, existed. Tunisia, for example, promulgated its first constitution in 1861; Egypt formed its first parliament in 1866, just five years after the unification of Italy. The situation differed in Yemen, Libya and Syria, societies based on tribes and clans, without the necessary elements of the modern state. Our study will encompass and confront these realities.

Our attempt to understand the Arab Spring will be based on the narratives of writers, filmmakers,artists, photographers, cartoonists, musicians, etc. We shall attempt to analyze the Arab Spring within its three essential time frames: before, during, and, especially, the aftermath. We shall examine causes and effects: What role did corruption play in the advent of the Arab Spring? Why was non-violence understood as essential to its success? Why did the violence of the military and the fundamentalists result in the failure of these revolutions? Why did certain Arab countries “miss” their Arab Spring?

11/16/15: “Speak Out” on the Syria Refugee Emergency

Speak Out Syria Refugee

Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Location: Outdoors at the University Seal on Fairfield Way (Between the Library and Rowe CUE)

Speakers will include Mohammed Kadalah (an LCL Ph.D. student from Syria) and Prof. Jeremy Pressman (Political Science & Middle East Studies). Students will speak about projects they are working on related to the emergency.Come listen and learn

11/12/15: The Syrian Refugee Emergency: Humanitarian and Human Rights Perspectives

A pile of children shoes captured during refugees crisis. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 6 September 2015.

Hear from:

Dr. Zaid Eyadat
Political Science and Human Rights Institute
University of Connecticut

Dr. Jeff Crisp
Refugee Studies Center
University of Oxford

Dr. M. Anne Sa’adeh
Joel Parker Professor of Law and Political Science
Dartmouth College

When: Thurs., November 12th at 7pm
Where: Konover Auditorium Dodd Center

Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies, UConn Global, Global House, and the Human Rights Institute.

05.01.2015 Middle East Teachers Workshop

Middle East Teachers Workshop Program
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30am – 3:30pm
Hartford Seminary
77 Sherman St. Hartford, CT 06105

Registration must be submitted by Friday, April 15, 2015. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Connecticut teachers and teachers-in-training are invited to this daylong workshop to gain resources and insights into teaching about the Middle East, one of the most critical regions in the world, to multi-cultural, multi-religious students.

In addition to three breakout sessions, teachers will attend a pedagogy session on how to align their teaching with the Common Core, as well as a keynote session by filmmaker Ben Loeterman, who will speak about his movie “1913: Seeds of Conflict.”

This event is co-sponsored by UConn Middle East Studies, Hartford Seminary, the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, and the University of Saint Joseph.

04.13.2015 Israel’s 2015 Elections

herb_keinonIsrael’s 2015 Elections
The Country Spoke, But What in the World Did It Say?

Monday, April 13, 2015
12:00 – 2:00PM
University of Connecticut
Hillel MPR – 54 N Eagleville Road. Storrs, CT 06268


Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 9, 2015 (Free & open to public)
Please call 1 (860) 429 9007 or email

With Guest Speaker Herb Keinon, Diplomatic Correspondent for the Jerusalem Post 

Herb Keinon, the diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, has been at the paper for the last 25 years. He took over the diplomatic beat in August 2000, just after the failed Camp David summit, and just before the outbreak of the Palestinian violence in September of that year. Keinon is responsible for covering the prime minister and the foreign minister, often traveling with the Prime Minister on his trips abroad.

Co-sponsored by: the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT). The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Primer and the following University of Connecticut Departments: Hillel, Huskies for Israel, Judaic Studies, Middle East Studies, and Global Affairs.

03.30.2015 “Maimonidean Controversies in Egypt” Faculty Colloquium

elisha_russfishbaneElisha Russ-Fishbane Colloquium

Monday, March 30th 2015
University of Connecticut
Class of ’47 Room Library
Open to all faculty, staff, and students.

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Presented by Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Wesleyan University 

Elisha Russ-Fishbane is a historian of Jewish life and culture in the Islamic world, specializing in the religious and intellectual intersections of medieval Judaism and Islam. Elisha’s book on the Jewish-Sufi movement of thirteenth-century Egypt, entitled Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt: A Study of Abraham Maimonides and His Circle, will be published by Oxford University Press in July, 2015. His current work explores the image of non-Muslims in Sufi thought and literature and on the legacy of Maimonidean philosophy in the Jewish communities of the Near East.

03.13.2015 Where Policy Meets Humanity: Making Human Rights Real for Everyone

shirin_ebadiPublic Lecture by Nobel Laureate, Shirin Ebadi

Friday, March 13, 2015
Student Union Theater
Doors open at 2:30PM / Free Admission

Shirin Ebadi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts toward democracy, peace, and women’s right. She is an Iranian lawyer and founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. She was the first woman to serve as a judge in Iran, and has been repeatedly threatened for her outspoken criticism of the Iranian government.

More information on Shirin.

Sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Community Outreach, Global Affairs, Student Affairs, the Women’s Center, the Asian and Asian American Cultural Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Public Engagement, the Asian and Asian American Institute, the Human Rights Institute, the Middle East Studies Program, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.