You are invited to the Fall Term Distinguished Faculty Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 1, when Dr. Basem Alzahabi from International Programs and Mechanical Engineering presents: The Anatomy of the Syrian Revolution.

The Revolutions of the Arab Spring were more than political upheavals, adjustments to the restructuring of the global economy, or the materialization of regional power realignments. To be sure, those are factors that impinge on the revolutions and represent structural constrains that both affect their shape and dictate the range of possible outcomes. 

It has been argued by many that Syria, because of its political structure, population diversity, and regional alliances, presents an exceptional case, one were revolution is impossible. However, the yearning for freedom, dignity, and the quiet dynamics of human nature trump any exceptionalism. The events of Syria today are not simply political; they represent an attempt to recast the meaning of Syrian national identity.

Please join us at 12:25 pm in Room 2-225AB. Lunch will be provided to the first 100 people. 

Robert L. Simpson, Provost 
and
Terri Lynch-Caris, Director of CETL