The blogs and the press have been fast and furious in following the fast-paced and unprecedented changes in both Tunisia and Egypt over the past several weeks. Indeed, there has been so much going on, and so much processing of events in the media, that it has kept me quiet, reading accounts or glued to the TV rather than commenting on what has been happening in the world. I have found a few truly insightful pieces, and was impressed by the reporting in the NY Times last Sunday about the difficult discussions and awkward statements from the White House and the Department of State.
Editorial by James Giblin from the Press-Citizen
James Giblin is a professor of history and co-director of the African Studies Program at the University of Iowa.
The East African nation of Tanzania is well known for its extraordinary wildlife reserves, pristine Indian Ocean beaches and political stability. Often it is described as an oasis of peace in a very troubled neighborhood.
This announcment appeared in Eastern Iowa Life on February 14, 2011.
The following opinion piece by Ahmed E. Souaiaia appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Souaiaia is a UI associate professor in International Programs, Religious Studies and the College of Law.
Three Thursdays ago, I made a bet with one of my students in front of all his classmates: Hosni Mubarak would be out of power in less than 30 days.
Today, I know that I will be eating my pizza soon.
By Mike Hughes, Evening Gazette
Leading academics from both sides of the Atlantic have started work in Teesside on a major international project to bridge the gap between universities and the creative industries.
Dan Olinghouse is a revolutionary. He may not look the part, dressed in a fleece jacket and drinking a double espresso — the closest thing he can find to an ’ahwa, or Egyptian coffee — in an Iowa City coffee shop.
But the third-year University of Iowa political-science major was one of thousands of protesters who filled Tahrir Square, calling for the departure of 30-year Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.
This announcement appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
The University of Iowa Latin American Studies Program will welcome Camilla Townsend to UI for a talk, “Alias ‘Don Luis,’” at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 302 of Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre screenings with a talk on Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” Monday, Feb. 21, presented by Robert Ketterer. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D and are free and open to the public.
Ketterer is a professor of Classics in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The UI INdIA Winterim study abroad program will hold an student-moderated conference this Saturday to allow over 125 recent student participants and instructors to share various aspects of their program experience. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in W151 Pappajohn Business Building. This event is free and open to the public.
By Ryan Cole, The Daily Iowan
Abdullah Azkalany knew something important had happened when his phone started ringing the morning of Feb. 11. Friends and family kept calling.
When the University of Iowa freshman and native of Egypt answered the phone, he got news he never thought he’d hear: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had stepped down.
University of Iowa political science student Dan Olinghouse, 25, is safe at home in Ankeny, but he’s spending much of his time online watching Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the turmoil in Egypt.
Olinghouse was taking part in a study abroad program in the country when the riots began.
By Lee Hermiston, The Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Last year, University of Iowa student Dan Olinghouse left for Egypt to study political science.
He ended up taking part in political history.
After returning to Cairo on Jan. 21, the Ankeny native took part in the protests that led to President Hosni Mubarak’s departure. From Iowa on Friday, he shared in the Egyptian people’s victory.
“I’m really excited for all the people in Egypt,” Olinghouse said Friday. “I’m really hopeful they continue to stick it out and get the things they need.”
University of Iowa political science major Dan Olinghouse was sitting in a café in Tarhir Square in downtown Cairo when the Egyptian protests erupted Jan. 25.
The 25-year-old UI junior from Ankeny was in his second semester of an independent study abroad program at the American University in Cairo when the historic revolution began sweeping the streets of Cairo.