November 11, 2011, 6:00pm
Women and the Arab Spring
Presenter: Sahar Khamis, Professor of Communications at the University of Maryland, and Nada Alwadi, Bahraini journalist, writer and researcher
Location: International House Philadephia

Earlier this year, the Middle East witnessed groundbreaking events in which the masses demonstrated against decades of undemocratic political processes and the suppression of personal expression.

Sahar Khamis, Professor of Communications at the University of Maryland, and Nada Alwadi, Bahraini journalist, writer and researcher, will visit International House Philadelphia to be the inaugural speakers in IHP’sInternational Speakers Bureau program, and focus their discussion on Women and the Arab Spring. Both women will be on hand to discuss the events leading to the demonstrations and the impact that these events have had, and will continue to have, on women in the Middle East for years to come.

Khamis is Egyptian and will provide a perspective of media (and social media); and Alwadi has been working in print media since 2003 covering politics and human rights issues in Bahrain and the Middle East, and holds a Master of Mass Communication from the University of Maryland, where she was a Humphrey/Fulbright fellow in 2009.

A Middle Eastern dinner is included with the price of admission.

International House Philadelphia, Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania, QlikTech, and Sally Baraka