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Discussion on Protests in Egypt

As the protests in Egypt and in the Middle East grow in momentum each day, it may be difficult to sort through the politics and precipitates of the conflict. What do the protestors want? What ramifications will this unrest have on Egypt and the rest of the Middle East? In light of the multitude of questions, on Thursday, Feb.3, members of the Political Science Department, the International Relations Department, and HWS Americans for an Informed Democracy will host, “Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen: What Do (and Don’t) the Protests Mean?” a panel discussion, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Associate Professor of Political Science Vikash Yadav, and Roosevelt University Assistant Professor of Political Science David Faris will serve as panelists, offering brief remarks on the situation before spending a majority of the time answering audience questions.  Each professor has lived and worked in Egypt – as well as other locations in the Middle East – and hope to help make sense of these momentous events through thoughtful discussion.

All in the HWS and Geneva communities are invited to attend. Egyptian refreshments will be served.

Philbrick Yadav received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from Smith College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several recent journal articles on political opposition in Yemen and Lebanon, and is completing a book on the subject of Islamist parliamentary opposition in the two countries. In 2008, Philbrick Yadav was a visiting researcher at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Before coming to HWS, she taught at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Pennsylvania, and lived and worked in Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen from 2003-2006, returning on a number of times since then to continue her research.

Yadav received a bachelor’s degree from DuPauw University, an M.A. from University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. His articles have been featured in journals such as the Middle East Review of International Affairs, World Economy, and the Journal of Development Studies. Prior to teaching at HWS, Yadav taught at Mount Holyoke College, American University in Cairo, Bryn Mawr College and University of Pennsylvania.

Faris currently serves as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation focused on the use of digital media by Egyptian opposition movements. Faris has published works in journals including Arab Media & Society.