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Egypt’s Future Takes Center Stage at UMass Lowell Event


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Panel of Experts on Middle East to Discuss Nation in Transition

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
5 to 7:30 p.m.

WHAT:  UMass Lowell will present “Egypt’s Future: Reflections and Dialogue,” a panel discussion featuring experts on Middle Eastern politics and culture who will debate the issues facing Egypt as it makes the transition to democracy. This event is free and open to the public.

The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Paula Rayman, director of UMass Lowell’s Center for Middle East Peace, Development and Culture. Panelists are scheduled to include:

  • Gregory Aftandilian, former Middle East analyst for the U.S. State Department and Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff member who served as a foreign policy fellow to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Aftandilian is the author of “Egypt’s Bid for Arab Leadership: Implications for U.S. Policy” and “An Integrated Strategy for Supporting Democracy and Human Rights in Egypt.” He is an associate in UMass Lowell’s Middle East center.
  • Ahmed Abdelal, UMass Lowell provost, who lived in Egypt for 26 years and taught at Ain Shams University, and has established international partnerships between UMass Lowell and other American universities with institutions in Egypt and across the Middle East.
  • Deina Abdelkader, UMass Lowell professor of political science who is originally from Egypt, specializes in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Islamic activism and democratization in the Muslim world. She is the author of “Social Justice in Islam” and is one of two women on the Islamic Jurisprudential Council (Fiqh Council) of North America.
  • Stephen Mishol, UMass Lowell professor of art and an accomplished painter. He is the co-curator of the new exhibit, “From the Nile to the Merrimack” at UMass Lowell.
  • Denis Sullivan, director of Northeastern University’s Middle East center and political science professor specializing in Middle East studies, Egyptian politics and Islamism.

On Tuesday, March 1, “From the Nile to the Merrimack,” featuring contemporary artwork from Egypt, opens with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. in UMass Lowell’s University Gallery, McGauvran Student Union, 71 Wilder St., Lowell. The exhibit ߝ co-curated by Rasha Ragab of the Museum of Egyptian Modern Art, Mishol and UMass Lowell Prof. Jim Jeffers ߝ runs through March 25.

WHERE:   “Egypt’s Future: Reflections and Dialogue” will be held at O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Free parking is located across the street in the Wilder Lot.

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