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"Egypt for the Egyptians": An Expert Panel Discussion on the Uprisings in the Middle East

In response to the momentous changes in Egypt and the protests fomenting across the Middle East, from Iran to Yemen and Tunisia, Pomona College will host a panel discussion titled, “Egypt for the Egyptians,” with experts in U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East, Middle Eastern history, politics, anthropology of religion and Muslim women’s participation in the public sphere. This event will be held on Thursday, February 24 at 4:15 p.m. in Pomona College’s Hahn Building (Room 101, 420 South College Ave., Claremont).

The experts are as follows:

James L. Gelvin is professor of modern Middle Eastern history at UCLA, whose forthcoming books include, From Modernization to Globalization: The United States, the Middle East, and the World Economy in the Twentieth Century, and a co-edited volume, Circuits and Networks: Islam and Islamic Communities in the First Age of Globalization, 1870-1914. Among his previous works are The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (2005), The Modern Middle East: A History (2004) and Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (1998), along with numerous shorter works on nationalism, historiography, Islamic movements, Palestine, Syria, political economy, and secularism.   

Lara Deeb is professor of anthropology at Scripps College.  She is the author of An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon (2006) and articles on Muslim women's participation in the public sphere, the transformation of religious ritual, and Hizbullah in Lebanon.  She is currently co-writing a book, titled Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Social Space and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut. She is a member of the editorial committee for Middle East Report and the editorial board for the International Journal of Middle East Studies.

Anthony Shenoda, an anthropologist of the Middle East and a visiting professor at Scripps College, has a particular focus on Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt. His research interests include the anthropology of religion, the anthropology of Christianity, materiality, miracles, vision, dreams—especially as these relate to institutionalized forms of religious power—and Muslim-Christian relations.

Victor Silverman, history professor at Pomona College and an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, is an expert in international history and global institutions, and teaches the history of U.S. foreign relations and the U.S. in the Middle East.

Historian Arash Khazeni is is the author of Tribes and Empire on the Margins of Nineteenth-Century Iran (2010), which won the 2010 Middle East Studies Association Houshang Pourshariati Book Award. He teaches North African and Middle Eastern history at Pomona College.

Information: or (909) 607-3395.