The University of Iowa

The Arab Spring in a Global Context forum to be held April 28 - May 1

April 21st, 2015

2015 Provost's Global Forum features international scholars at public events April 28 - May 1

This month, the University of Iowa will host experts and researchers from around the world as part of the 2015 Provost’s Global Forum, "The Arab Spring in a Global Context." Scholars from a variety of academic disciplines will examine a range of issues including social change and justice, racial/ethnic and gender relations, law, public policy, media, and economic development in the context of the Arab Spring. This four-day, multi-event conference will take place Tuesday, April 28, through Friday, May 1.

WorldCanvass discussion at FilmScene on Tuesday, April 28, from 5-6:30 p.m., will kick off the forum and offer an introduction to several of the conference's keynote speakers including internationally-renowned Middle East scholars Juan Cole, Mohammed el-Nawawy, Shibley Telhami, Sahar Khamis, and conference organizer, Ahmed Souaiaia.

Old Capitol Exhibit

A display from the University Libraries' exhibition in the Old Capitol, "Unfinished Business: The Arts of the New Arab Revolutions," which will run until May 15. 

For more information on the presentations and people involved in the forum, visit

Additional events of the forum include:

  • An open media event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., in 1117 University Capitol Centre, for members of the media to interview presenters and panelists.
  • A gallery talk on Wednesday, April 29, will walk guests through the University Libraries’ exhibit, “Unfinished Business: The Arts of the New Arab Revolutions,” which is on display at the Old Capitol Museum from now until May 15.
  • Directly following the gallery talk, Shibley Telhami will present the Joel Barkan Memorial Lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
  • Keynote addresses and panel discussions will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 30 and May 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Hotel Vetro.
  • The forum will close with a performance by the Turkish-American musical group Turkana at 8:00 p.m. at The Mill Restaurant.

All events are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of conference events and registration, visit here:

The Provost’s Global Forum is made possible through the generous support of the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. Other UI sponsors include: International Programs; Office of the Provost; Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Department of Communication Studies; School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Department of Political Science; Department of Religious Studies; Libraries; and the Center for Human Rights. WorldCanvass program partners are FilmScene and UITV. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in these events, contact Sarolta Petersen in advance at or 319-335-3862.