The University of Iowa

UI Panel Discussion Focuses on Middle East, North Africa April 21

April 18th, 2011

The political and social climate of the Middle East and North Africa will be examined in “The Arab Spring: Interpreting the Current Events,” a panel discussion featuring a group of local experts, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the International Programs Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

Panelists will include Mohaned Al-Janabi, a UI doctoral student from Iraq and president of the Iraqi Student Association; Shams Ghoneim, a native of Egypt and coordinator for the Muslim Public Affairs Council Iowa Chapter; Dan Olinghouse, a UI political science major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) who was studying abroad in Egypt when the 2011 revolt began; and Vicki Hesli, UI professor of comparative politics in CLAS whose research focuses include political parties, women and politics, and voting behavior.

There will be a Q -and-A session following the discussion.

This event is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights in International Programs.

For more information, visit or contact Kelsey Kramer at or 319-384-2208.