Dunlevie Honors Colloquium
Honors Carolina students meet on weekday evenings each semester to discuss a broad interdisciplinary topic of their own choosing. There will be nine meetings for Spring 2013 on Wednesday evenings from 6:30PM-9PM.
The sessions begin with a social gathering, followed by a presentation from a distinguished faculty scholar who shares ideas, discoveries, and challenges related to the topic at hand. The presentation is followed by small student-led discussion groups.
Spring 2013: Perspectives on the Arab Spring
For nearly half a century now, the Middle East has been a central, defining element in American foreign policy and security concerns. Our thinking in many ways has been dominated by the conviction that Israel is like us because it is a modern democracy and the Arab world is alien because it is feudal and autocratic. The Arab Spring has called into question this assumption and many others. The series of uprisings and reforms have reconfigured both the region and our understanding of it. This semester’s colloquium will focus on the ongoing changes experienced in the Arab world and their impact on our relationships with that world. Our professorial speakers come from a variety of disciplines at Duke University, NC State University, and Carolina. They include: Cemil Aydin, Akram Khater, Sarah Shields, Andrew Reynolds, Bruce Jentleson, Abdeslam Maghraoui, Carl Ernst, Charlie Kurzman, and Miriam Cooke.
Schedule of Lectures
Read synopses of the faculty lectures here.
January 16: Cemil Aydin, History, UNC-CH
January 23: Akram Khater, History, NC State University
January 30: Sarah Shields, History, UNC-CH
February 6: Andrew Reynolds, Political Science and Global Studies, UNC-CH
February 20: Bruce Jentleson, Policy and Political Science, Duke University
March 6: Abdeslam Maghraoui, Political Science, Duke University
March 20: Carl Ernst, Religious Studies, UNC-CH
March 27: Charlie Kurzman, Sociology, UNC-CH
April 3: Miriam Cooke, Arab Cultures and Middle East Studies, Duke University