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Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Understanding the Arab Uprisings
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 9:30am
Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Understanding the Arab Uprisings

Smith Memorial Student Union, Vanport Room 338, 1825 SW Broadway
Free & open to the public

It's been over two years since Muhammad Bouazizi set himself on fire in the small Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid--an act which touched off protests and uprisings throughout the Arab world.  Although events continue to spin themselves out and no protest movement or uprising has yet to run its course, it is not too soon to step back and reflect on the similarities and disjunctures among them and to account for both.  In this presentation, James L. Gelvin will present a framework for understanding both the transnational factors which made all regimes in the Arab world vulnerable to protests and the reasons behind the divergent paths taken by the various protests and uprisings.

James L. Gelvin is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, his Master’s in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has taught at Boston College, Harvard University, MIT, and the American University in Beirut.  A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of four books: The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Modern Middle East: A History (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007, 2011);The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2007, 2013); and Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (University of California Press, 1998), along with numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He is also co-editor of the forthcoming Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930 (University of California Press, 2013).

Presented as a part of the Middle East Studies Center's 2013 Summer Institute for Educators: The Arab Uprisings. The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.

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