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

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 http://uichr.org or contact Kelsey Kramer at kelsey-kramer@uiowa.edu or 319-384-2208.