Events like the Protestant Reformation, the Boston Tea Party and the storming of the Bastille are regarded today as critical junctures in their respective societies and ultimately the world, but all began with common citizens uniting in revolt. Only history can tell if current events will one day be regarded as turning points in our world.
On December 18, 2010, a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests known as the Arab Spring began to sweep through the Arab world. Civil uprisings have resulted in the overthrow of four governments and led to further demonstrations, violent protests and revolutions in more than 15 other countries throughout the Middle East and beyond. These events will alter human history for this region and for the rest of the world, though it remains to be seen if it is for better or worse.
Beginning February 26, 2013 we will be offering “Perspectives on the Arab Spring,” co-sponsored by Rice University Department of Political Science, Rice University Department of Religious Studies and Rice University’s Baker Institute. Join us for these four sessions, in which Rice University faculty along with Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian will provide an overview of key facets of the Arab Spring uprisings in three of the major countries involved in this ongoing phenomenon – Egypt, Libya and Syria. Register by February 12 for a discounted rate.