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Berea College Hosts Forum on Situation in Egypt

Three Berea College professors will lead a discussion about the political situation unfolding in Egypt. The forum will be held on February 3, 2011, at 7 p.m. in Baird Lounge in the alumni building on Bereaís campus. The event is open to the public. Dr. Richard Cahill, associate professor of history and director of Bereaís international center, Dr. John Heyrman, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Abdul Rifai, professor of political science, will conduct the forum.

Image Courtesy: Nasser Nouri

Since January 25, 2011, Egypt has experienced protests against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. On February 1, estimates of more than one million Egyptians took to the streets, demanding that Mubarak step down. These unprecedented events echo the anti-government protests in Tunisia which compelled President Bin Ali to flee the country.

Dr. Richard Cahill joined the Berea college community in 2005 when he was first appointed to the positions. He earned his doctorate in history from University of California in Santa Barbara. He was appointed the director of the Middle East studies program in Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for seven years. Fluent in spoken Egyptian Arabic, Cahill has led several academic study-tours to Egypt for Berea, including one this past summer. Cahill will speak about the events of the past several weeks in Egypt, discussing some of the key groups and elements.

Dr. John Heyrman has taught political science and general studies courses at Berea College since 1988. He received a bachelorís degree in government and economics from Oberlin College and a doctorate in political science from University of Minnesota. His most recent scholarship is in the area of films about American politics. Heyrman will speak on the role and response of the U.S. government to the events in Egypt.

Dr. Abdul Rifai received his bachelorís degree in public administration from American University of Beirut, a masterís degree in government from Indiana University and his doctorate in international relations and organizations at American University in Washington, D.C. He teaches classes on foreign policy, international relations and comparative political systems. He will discuss the historical and international relations context of the Middle East during the last 60 years.

Several Arab students may join the discussion.

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