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[liberationtech] Arab Spring Class This Fall at Stanford University

Walid AL-SAQAF <alkasir admin> admin at alkasir.com
Fri Sep 21 01:18:03 PDT 2012


Hello Emad,

Congratulations on kicking off this important and interesting course. If
you are willing to share more about it (e.g., curriculum, literature,
etc.), I will be glad to consider teaching part of it to our students here
at Orebro University in Sweden.

Sincerely,

Walid

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Walid Al-Saqaf
Founder & Administrator
alkasir for mapping and circumventing cyber censorship
https://alkasir.com <walid.al-saqaf at oru.se>


On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 5:21 AM, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu>wrote:

> From: Emad Mekay <emekay at stanford.edu>
>
> Dear All,****
>
>  ****
>
> Please excuse the group email, but I just wanted to share with you
> information about my new class this fall at Stanford University. Please
> feel free to share it with students, faculty, researchers and anyone with
> interest in the Middle East.****
>
>
> After a year as a Knight Fellow at Stanford, I will be teaching a new
> class this year about the Arab Spring. The course will serve as an
> introduction to the events of the Arab Spring. One of the reasons many
> Western institutions, including the media, may have failed to predict the
> Arab Spring in time is that they are hampered by many stereotypes and
> clichés about the Middle East generated in part by   -well yes - my
> fellow media professionals.****
>
>
> In this class, students will draw lessons on how not to approach
> international relations with pre-conceived ideas and find their own sources
> to understand the events that are re-shaping the Middle East.  I will
> draw on my extensive coverage of those events. We'll talk about issues such
> as how the Arab media is resisting revolutions, the future of Islamist
> movements, street protest tactics against police states, the role played by
> women in the wave of revolutions, business and economy under Islamist
> government and the myth of the Arab Spring being invented by Facebook among
> other issues.****
>
>
> Students will learn to take more advanced investigations into the Arab
> region and U.S. institutions working there.****
>
>
> The lectures will be both a place for student to get some exposure to
> first-hand information on what really happened before and after the wave of
> revolutions that swept new political players to power in the Middle East.
> Students will be introduced to major political players in countries of the
> Arab Spring through guest speaker events, conversations with people who
> took part in the events as well as class discussions and research. The goal
> is to instill confidence in students in their ability to find their own
> sources and information about the region to prepare them to offer
> authoritative explanation and understanding of the future of the Arab
> Spring countries.****
>
>
> We’ll be meeting Mondays and Wednesdays. 10:00AM-11:50AM. Encina West Rm
> 106. Course starts Sept. 24-Dec. 7, 2012****
>
>
> I am also attaching a flyer.* Let me know if you have any questions.****
>
>
> Best,****
>
> Emad****
>
>
> * Flyer below:
>
>
> International Relations, Fall 2012 course, Stanford University.
>
>
> Mon, Wed 10:00AM-11:50AM at Encina West 106 (Sept. 24--Dec. 7, 2012)
>
>
> DECODING THE ARAB SPRING AND THE FUTURE OF THE MIDDLE EAST
>
> INTNLREL151
>
>
> (with Emad Mekay)
>
>
> The course will explore themes such as: the issues that forged the
> identity of the Arab Spring; common features among the Arab Spring
> countries; mechanisms of street protests against police states, history
> and current relationship between the military and new political powers;
> secularists Vs. Islamists; why the Islamists are winning in public polls
> and scenarios for the Middle East.
>
>
> All students at all levels are welcome.
>
>
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