Scholars from the CSU, UC and universities abroad will come to Cal Poly Pomona to discuss top issues in the Middle East today ¿ the uprisings against repressive and dictatorial regimes, the causes, the forces behind the rebellions, and the implications for the region.
The fourth annual CSU Middle East Studies Conference on Oct. 14 & 15 will be hosted by the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences and the Department of History in the Bronco Student Center. Under the theme ¿Arab Spring,¿ scholars will explore and debate the uprisings and their implications from various contexts, including technology, the economy, politics and entertainment. George Bisharat, law professor at UC Hastings College of Law, will give a keynote address, ¿Violence¿s Law,¿ on Saturday morning.
¿Our goal is to create an environment and a venue for scholarly debate, to revitalize intellectual life on campus and to give our students and faculty the chance to acquaint themselves with important events and the scholarship that deals with them from several perspectives and viewpoints,¿ says history Professor Mahmood Ibrahim, who is one of the conference organizers.
In addition to the 10 discussion panels, the conference program will feature Broadway actress Cynthia Sophiea performing the one-woman show ¿Everyone Has Tears.¿ The Turath Ensemble with the S.K. Near East Ensemble will perform traditional Arab music, ¿Romancing the Arab Spring: Romantic and Patriotic poetry of Gibran and Mahmoud Darwish.¿
For more information, visit https://class.cpp.edu/his/mesc/.