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Discussion Panel on the recent anti-US protests in the MENA region - LIB100/201 Approved!

Discussion Panel on the recent anti-US protests in the MENA region - LIB100/201 Approved!

Date and Time

Thursday, October 4, 2012
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2215/2216


The series of Anti-American protests against an anti-Islam movie, which started on September the 12th in Libya and expanded to nearly 20 countries in Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, is still sparking massive demonstrations in some parts of the world with the latest deadly protests in Islamabad, Pakistan. The White House asked Youtube to review the trailer and see if it meets their standards. Google did not eventually remove it. Young Americans and Arabs have been exchanging posts of apology using social media to let the world know that those who are always too willing to provoke chaos should have their expectations baffled. Such a complex situation has raised key questions about cultural misunderstandings, international diplomatic relations, Media coverage and censorship. It is perhaps time to open a debate that would clear up few things and grant a chance to both students and experts to share views and discuss facts. Come and join us, invite friends who might be well-informed, misinformed or uninformed. It is but a small step to promote inter-cultural dialogue by adopting a critical stand to what's happening around us!

The panel will take place on October 4th in room 2215/2216 in Kirkhof Center.
Moderator: Coeli Fitzpatrick : Director of Middle East studies at GVSU
Speaker 1: Sebastian Maisel: Cultural perspective
Speaker 2: Barb Roos: Media and censorship perspective
Speaker 3: Polly Diven: International relations perspective
Spealer 4: Samia Fitouri: a Tunisian student: Tunisian/Arab Youth perspective.



samia fitouri: Ahmed Lachheb:



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