Journalists and Scholars to Discuss Arab Spring and Its Aftermath

March 22, 2012 | by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Journalists who covered last year’s Arab Spring revolutions, and Chicago-area experts who witnessed the events firsthand, will explore the impact and implications of the movements during a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 27.

The Arab Spring: Perspectives from the Ground also will address the role of the media in the democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa. The event is part of the Spring Term programming that was developed under a partnership between Elmhurst College and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, an award-winning journalism non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Elmhurst College’s departments of English and Religious Studies are co-sponsors of the event.

Panelists include:

  • Ellen Knickmeyer, Saudi correspondent for The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones. Knickmeyer also has been bureau chief for The Washington Post in Baghdad and Cairo, and Associated Press bureau chief for West Africa. With Pulitzer Center support, she spent the last year reporting on youth movements in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Libya and Saudi Arabia.
  • William Wheeler, who has reported on the rebirth of Libya and the plight of its migrant workers with support from the Pulitzer Center. His prior reporting includes an in-depth examination of the politics of water and climate change in South Asia. His work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, TIME, and Global Post, among others.
  • Ghada Hashem Talhami, the D.K. Pearsons Professor of Politics, emerita, at Lake Forest College. Talhami is a frequent lecturer, guest on radio and television programs, journal editor, and author of six books, including The Mobilization of Muslim Women in Egypt and Palestine in the Egyptian Press.
  • Laith Al-Saud is an instructor in the Islamic World Studies program at DePaul University. A Baghdad native, Al-Saud serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and is a regular contributor to NPR. He recently reported on interviews he gathered from the Muslim Brotherhood during a visit to Egypt at the time of the Egyptian Revolution.

The partnership launched last fall between Elmhurst and Pulitzer includes seminars, lectures and other educational opportunities for students, faculty and the wider community. The programming is designed to help prepare Elmhurst students and other students from the Chicago area for the journalistic world they will face in the future—one that is highly digital, dynamic, competitive and global.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education. The Elmhurst College student newspaper, The Leader, also is a sponsor of this program.

The panel discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Founders Lounge. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Ron Wiginton at (630) 617-3137.

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