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Hudson to discuss Arab Spring

Posted Jan. 20, 2014

Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will co-host an informal roundtable conversation, with Distinguished Professor Emeritus Michael Hudson, about the Arab Spring on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center, Room 316. Visitor parking is available in the Kent Student Center visitor lot on Summit Street. Attendance is free and open to the public.  

Hudson is director of the Middle East Institute and professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. He is also a professor emeritus at Georgetown University, where he served as director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies for many years. He has edited and contributed to numerous books, including Middle East Dilemma: The Politics and Economics of Arab Integration (Columbia University Press/CCAS, 1999), The Palestinians: New Directions (CCAS, 1990), and Alternative Approaches to the Arab-Israeli Conflict (CCAS, 1984). His other works include The Precarious Republic: Political Modernization in Lebanon (Random House, 1968, 1985) and Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy (Yale University Press, 1977), numerous chapters, and articles in numerous scholarly journals. Hudson was awarded the 2011 Jere L. Bacharach Service Award from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), of which he is a past president.

The event is part of the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies (NOCMES) speaker series currently led by Joshua Stacher, Ph.D., an assistant professor of political science at Kent State and author of “Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria.”  Stacher will moderate the discussion. 

NOCMES is a collection of area universities and community partners dedicated to the mission of public education with an aim to bring leading voices that research and work on the Middle East to Northeast Ohio. Its institutional members include Case Western Reserve University, Kent State, Oberlin College and Conservatory, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University and Baldwin-Wallace University. Its community partners include the City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Civic Commons, CAIR-Ohio, Trinity Cathedral, Interact, and Case Western Reserve University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.
For more information about NOCMES, visit www.nocmes.org.