Monday, April 4, 2011

Tech Scholars To Discuss Middle East

It's been called "the revolution of the century," and the Egyptian revolution may have been just that. Subsequent revolutions, protests and governmental backlash have caused much unrest in the Middle East. On Wednesday, April 6, the Tennessee Tech University Honors Program and the Associated Scholars Guild will present a Honors Forum panel discussion about the situations in the Middle East. The discussion entitled "Revolution in the Arab Street? Egypt and Beyond," will be held at 7 p.m. in the Nursing and Health Services Building Auditorium. An economist, a political analyst and a young exchange student from Egypt will be featured. The panel will explore the social and cultural contexts of recent events in Egypt as a lens for examining the diverse and quickly changing political situations in the Middle East. The panel includes Patrick Ryan, president of the Tennessee World Affairs Council and International Affairs Editorial Consultant and Online Information Editor. Ryan is a retired Navy intelligence officer who specialized in Middle East policy. Other featured panelists are Jon Jonakin, TTU professor of Economics, who specializes in labor markets in developing nations and Gelan Badr, an Egyptian exchange student who will focus on the role of social media among her peers at Egyptian universities. A question and answer session will follow the panel presentation. Sponsored by the TTU Honors Program and Associated Scholars Guild, Honors Forum is a series of public talks and panels on current academic and social issues. This special event is free and open to the public.