Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Ahmed Maher
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 12:00pm
Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Ahmed Maher

Smith Memorial Student Union Cascade Room 236, 1825 SW Broadway

Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Ahmed Maher is the Founder and Chief Coordinator of the April 6 Youth Movement. Having organized the masses both in the virtual and real world to a show of strength that brought down a dictator, the April 6 Youth Movement stresses non-violence, a secular ideology and an apolitical stance.

The April 6 Youth Movement became one of the most important organizers of the 18-day uprising that culminated in President Hosni Mubarak's departure on February 11, 2011. The Movement acquired its name from the first general strike it organized in Egypt on April 6, 2008 when a small group of young, tech-savvy activists led by Maher, launched a Facebook page in support of a planned textile workers' strike in the city of Mahalla al-Kobra to protest low wages and high food prices.

'The revolution's goals are being forgotten and hence there is a need for this front', says Maher. Maher’s position remains resolute: complete the demands of the Revolution - Freedom, Dignity, and Justice.

Maher will also speak on "Whither Egypt? A Biography of an Ongoing Revolution" on Friday, November 8 at 4 pm at Eliot Hall Chapel on the Reed College campus, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland. This second event will be sponsored by the Reed College Political Science Department.

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. | | 503-725-4074