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Middle East MapWINNIPEG, MB –For millenia, the Middle East has been the cradle of civilization encompassing a cross section of Western Asia and Northern Africa. Centuries later, it remains an epicenter for international trade.  It is also an area known for conflict. The University of Winnipeg hosts two weeks of lectures and dialogue from February 28 – March 9, 2012, on a range of issues featuring the Middle East shedding light on the past, to understand the present Spring and conflict that is occurring across this tumultuous region. 

 
“The intention is to provide a respectful and engaging space for relevant dialogue and learning about this region of the world,” expressed UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy. “We have an opportunity to shine a light on current events such as the Arab Spring, while encouraging greater understanding and appreciation around complex debates in the Middle East, many of which have global implications.”
 
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 
 
Tuesday, February 28, 2012    
The Arab Spring: Syrian Version by Dr. Rais Khan,
UWinnipeg United College Fellow & retired professor
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Convocation Hall, 515 Portage Ave


Wednesday, February 29, 2012  
What was behind the Egyptian Revolution and what lies ahead?
by Dr. Salah Hathout,
Senior Professor at UWinnipeg
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, 515 Portage Ave

Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Responsibility to Protect and the Arab Spring
by Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, UWinnipeg President & Vice-Chancellor
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Convocation Hall, 515 Portage Ave
 
Friday, March 2, 2012                
Bearing Faithful Witness” so "That We May Know One Another:" A Jew, a Christian and a Muslim in Dialogue
with Dr. James Christie- Professor of Dialogue Theology, Faculty of Theology, and Director of the Ridd Institute for Religion and Global Policy of the Global College,  UWinnipeg - Ms. Belle Millo, Chair of the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada - Dr. Ahmet Seyhun, Assistant Professor of Islamic/Middle Eastern History, History Department, UWinnipeg.
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm, Convocation Hall, 515 Portage Ave
 
Monday, March 5, 2012
Building Bridges through Dialogue: A Panel Discussion
with Members of the Arab-Jewish Dialogue Group of Winnipeg

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Convocation Hall, 515 Portage Ave
 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012                            
Competing ideologies and the transformation of the Middle East in the early twentieth century: Ottomanism, Islamism, Arabism and Zionism
by Dr. Ahmet Seyhun, Assistant Professor of Islamic/Middle Eastern History, History Department, UWinnipeg.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Convocation Hall, 515 Portage Ave
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012                    
Education Under Fire: Iran denies their Baha’i citizens the right to post-secondary Education!
 byDr. Redwan Moqbel, Professor and Head, Department of Immunology Universityof Manitoba
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm, Convocation Hall, 515 Portage Ave
 
Thursday, March 8, 2012                       
Film – Turkish Passport

12:00 pm  – 1:30 pm, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, 515 Portage Ave.
 
Friday, March 9, 2012                           
Israel, Iran and the Arab Spring – A Coming Storm?
by Dr. Yoram Peri, Director of the New Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm, Convocation Hall, 515 Portage Ave
 

MEDIA CONTACT
Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca