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TitleHope and Conflict in Egypt, Syria, and Iran
ContactMelissa Wagoner
Contact E-mailmwagoner, at
Contact Phone(619) 260-4659

Panel of local experts provides a window into a critical region of the world

University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Theater
Tuesday October 15, 7 – 9 p.m.

Ongoing movements of popular protest in the Arab and Muslim world have resulted in alternating cycles of euphoric hope and horrific conflicts. The panel discussion will analyze the regional and global implications of the civil war in Syria, the military coup in Egypt and the recent change of government in Iran. The three scholars speaking on the panel will offer the San Diego community a rigorous, yet accessible analysis that will enhance our understanding of those countries and the critically important Arab and Muslim world.


  • Dr. Michael Provence, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Provence is the author of The Great Syrian Revolt and the Rise of Arab Nationalism, as well as a number of articles, including “Unraveling the Syrian Revolution.”
  • Dr. Babak Rahimi, Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Religion at the Department of Literature, University of California, San Diego. Dr. Rahimi is the author of Theater State and the Formation of Early Modern Public Sphere in Iran: Studies on Safavid Muharram Rituals, 1590-1641C.D., as well as a number of scholarly articles and book chapters, including "Facebook Iran. The Carnivalesque Politics of Online Social Networking."
  • Dr. Thomas Reifer, Associate Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of San Diego. Dr. Reifer is an Associate Fellow at the Transnational Institute, and is the author of The “Arab 1848”: Reflections on US Policies and the Power of Non-Violence. He has also published a large number of articles, including “The Road to Hell is Paved with “Humanitarian Interventions”: Western Violence, the Hippocratic Oath and the Second Arab Revolt” and “ The Syrian Civil War and the Rush to Regional and Global Disaster.”

The panel discussion is jointly sponsored by the Center for Community Service-Learning, the Social Issues Committee, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and Karama: The Arab and Islamic World Information Project.

If you would like to contact the speakers for an interview please contact Professor John Halaka, Department of Art, Architecture and Art History, University of San Diego at: office (619) 260-4107; cell (858) 232-5273; 

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