Feb. 10 Teach-In on Revolutionary Movements in Egypt and Tunisia Features Faculty, Students, Alumnae, Guests

Posted February 9th, 2011 at 3:55 pm.

This Thursday, Feb. 10, the Bryn Mawr community will have an opportunity to learn more about the much-discussed revolutionary movements in North Africa at an all-day “Teach In for the Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt” in the College’s Campus Center. Organized by seniors Jesse Solomon and Sundes Kazmir, the program, which includes presentations by guest speakers, professors and students, is free and open to the public.

The program, beginning at 10 a.m. and finishing at 9 p.m., will be broken up into segments, with discussions and presentations taking place from 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. Solomon and Kazmir, who have both spent significant time abroad in Egypt, hope to create a forum where members of the community can engage with the events currently taking place in the region.

“This is an epic social event, and the world should be taking notice. Right now Bryn Mawr is broadening its international focus, and we see this as a great opportunity for the community to put these goals into practice,” says Solomon.

Members of the Bryn Mawr and Haverford faculties have enthusiastically jumped on board with the project. Historian Sharon Ullman and political scientists Deborah Harrold and Carol Hager intend to speak on Thursday, along with Brahim El Guabli, who teaches Arabic at Swarthmore. For Professor Harrold, “This event is a celebration. It is not every day that countries take down their authoritarian regimes.”

High levels of student involvement are also anticipated. Presentations from students who have spent time abroad in Egypt or have an in-depth understanding of an issue pertaining to the revolutions in the region are expected to speak. Says Solomon, “This is a great environment for students to educate each other. It is a powerful way to learn.” She says she hopes to present an accurate, more detailed analysis of the revolution in response to the cautious reporting from American news sources.

—Antonia Kerle ’11


10-11 a.m.: Morning Concentrated Program

  • Brahim El Guelbi, Swarthmore College, “From changing regimes to changing global perceptions” and discussion.
  • Lynne Ammar, BMC ’14, presents on Tunisia and discussion
  • Reading of an article by Sam Gerstin, HC ’10 (Bi-co alum in Egypt).
  • Movies/poems/music/ Sundes Kazmir, BMC ’11

Noon-2 p.m.: Noon Concentrated Program

  • The Middle East Transformed: Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan (Deborah Harrold)
  • The Historical Context: The U.S. in the Middle East (Sharon Ullman)
  • Transitions from Authoritarianism (Carol Hager)
  • International security issues, Israel (Barack Mendelsohn, Haverford)
  • Conditions of authoritarianism: repression, prison (Mohamed Abdelkader, Haverford)
  • Open discussion

2-p 3p.m.: Skype interview with Salima Ikram, BMC ’86, a professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, and colleagues

3-5:30 p.m.: Afternoon Concentrated Program     Coffee, drinks, and snacks

  • The Middle East Transformed: Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan (Deborah Harrold)
  • Transitions from Authoritarianism (Carol Hager)
  • The Historical Context: The U.S. in the Middle East (Sharon Ullman)
  • The Muslim Brotherhood (Mohamed Gamal, Haverford)
  • 4 p.m.: Skype interview: James Fallon, Eurasia Group , on political and economic risk issues.
  • 5 p.m.: Clark McCauley, Psychology Department, on humiliation
  • 5:15 p.m.: Julia Fahl, BMC ’12,  Women in the Muslim Brotherhood at polling stations

5:30 – 7 p.m.: Break: Open for walk-on speakers,  streaming videos  and favorite videos

7-9 p.m.:
Evening session         Snacks, drinks, coffee

  • Ahmed Sharkawy, Univ. of Delaware
  • Eve Trout Powell, University of Pennsylvania Department of History

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