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'Making Sense of the Arab Uprisings' topic of March 28 lecture

March 14, 2012

EAU CLAIRE —A respected scholar of contemporary Middle Eastern history will present a lecture titled "Making Sense of the Arab Uprisings" this month at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dr. James Gelvin, a UCLA history professor, will begin his lecture at 5:30 p.m. March 28 in Room 100 of Hibbard Humanities Hall. During the lecture, he will provide insight into the 2011 and 2012 uprisings in numerous Arab nations.

The lecture is part of UW-Eau Claire's annual Arab World Lecture series.

Gelvin also will give a presentation titled "Political Islam in a Time of Upheaval: A Historical Overview" at noon March 28 in Room 101 of Hibbard Humanities Hall.

Gelvin, who earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a master's from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University, specializes in contemporary Middle Eastern history. His books include "The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know," "Israel Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War" and "Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics at the Close of Empire."

The lectures are sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Middle East studies minor; the departments of history, philosophy and religious studies, and political science; College of Arts and Sciences; and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Both of Gelvin's March 28 lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Steven Fink, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, at 715-836-3167 or



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