Egypt and Tunisia keep getting mentioned both on the news and on campus. We hear names like Hosni Mubarak and Ben Ali but who are they and what have they done to piss so many people off?

Get into the loop of what is potentially history in the making.

PANEL DISCUSSION AND OPEN FORUM: Egypt and Tunisia’s Popular Uprisings

ON PANEL :: Peter Gran (Department of History), Sean Yom (Department of Political Science), Alexa Firat (Department of Critical Languages)

Friday, February 4, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  in Anderson Hall

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ::

“Students (and members of the community alike) may learn a lot about the current events on the news, but this teach-in aims to broaden students’ understanding and knowledge of the historical and socio-political circumstances that has led such masses of people out into the streets to demand the removal of their governments. Furthermore, it may shed light on other popular movements around the globe that are and have been fighting for similar things,” Professor Alexa Firat.

“Students should know more about the remarkable events unfolding in Egypt and Tunisia because they are redefining, in real-time, the history of the Middle East.  For a generation of political activiststhat refused to surrender hope under decades of dictatorship, the current protest wave signals the potential realization of a magnificent dream: that no matter the burdens of history, freedom will finally flourish in the Arab world–so long as democrats keep fighting for it,” Professor Sean Yom.

Can’t make it but want to learn more? Check out the articles below!

ARTICLE : Egypt, Jordan, and the Arab world’s ‘watershed’ moment

ARTICLE : Protests continue to ripple across Mideast, North Africa