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Current Events in the Muslim World Topic of UW Panel Discussion Wednesday

February 14, 2011

"Perspectives on the Muslim World and the Evolving Crisis in the Middle East" is the timely topic of a panel discussion at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the University of Wyoming.

The free public event is in the Classroom Building Room 306.

"Since 9/11 the United States has been embroiled in two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a globally focused war on terror. Some argue that this has led to a growing confrontation between the West and Islam more generally," says Jean Garrison, a panelist and UW International Studies director. "Certainly, these events affect how the public thinks about and react to the Muslim world, and in turn, how we are seen in the region."

Among the panelist are Ali Raddaoui, Religious Studies; Thomas Seitz, International Studies; Seth Ward, Religious Studies; and Marcus Watson, International Studies and African American and Diaspora Studies.

The event is sponsored by the International Studies Program and an interdisciplinary group of UW faculty. They will discuss the potential for political and social transformation in the Muslim world - North Africa and beyond - in the wake of recent events in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.

For more information call the International Studies Program office at (307) 766-3423.

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