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Lecture on women, media and the Arab world set for March 8

February 25, 2013
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Dr. Sahar Khamis

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a lecture titled "Youth and Women's Leadership, New Media and the Arab Spring: Prospects for Political Change and Intercultural Dialogue" at 5:30 p.m. March 8 in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall.

The purpose of the event, which is free and open to the public, is to stimulate interest and strengthen knowledge about the Arab world.

The speaker, Dr. Sahar Khamis, is an assistant professor of communication and affiliate faculty of women's studies at the University of Maryland. She is an expert in Middle Eastern media, with a special emphasis on Middle Eastern women's use of media technologies.

Khamis co-authored "Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace" and wrote a number of chapters in "Women in the Middle East: Power Through Self-Expression and New Media and the New Middle East."

The lecture is primarily funded by members of Eau Claire's Arab-American community.

Sponsors for the event are the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences, the Middle East studies minor, the women's studies program and the departments of communication and journalism, history, political science, foreign languages, geography and anthropology, philosophy and religious studies, and sociology.

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

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