Posted by: Sarah Standish | April 2, 2012

Extra credit events: April

The following extra credit events are all coming up in April.  Please note that due to the nature of the events, I cannot screen their content beforehand, nor do I necessarily endorse it.

Revolt and Reform: Electoral Politics in the New North Africa

A panel discussion with Lindsay Benstead, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Portland State University and Ellen Lust, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University. North Africa is a relatively understudied region in the Muslim world, yet it has been at the center of the Arab Spring. The Jasmine Revolution began in Tunisia in December 2010, leading to the ouster of President Ben Ali and unleashing a wave of popular discontent through the Middle East and beyond. North Africa stands at a crossroads, with Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt holding parliamentary, and in some cases, presidential elections in 2011 and 2012. Yet, the future of reform is uncertain and its results likely to be varied. For more information, click here.

When: Friday, April 20, 6 pm
Where: Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294, 1825 SW Broadway

Songs from the Tip of Africa: Judeo-Spanish Music from Sephardic Morocco

In this concert, Vanessa Paloma will take you on a journey into the heart of this Jewish community’s oral traditions, which have almost disappeared in our generation. Vanessa Paloma is a singer, performer, scholar and writer specializing in Judeo-Spanish women’s songs and their role in Sephardic communities.

Tickets $10 / Free Admission for Lewis & Clark College and University of Portland Faculty, Students, and Staff. Generous funding provided by: Lewis & Clark College Hispanic Studies Program, Lewis & Clark College Overseas and Off-campus Programs, Lewis & Clark College Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Portland, Rabbi Jonathan Seidel.

When: Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 pm
Where: Lewis & Clark College Evans Auditorium, 
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road

The Quest for Meaning: Pluralism and Islam in the West

A Talk by Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University and author of The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East; The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism; What I believe; and Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation; Website: www.tariqramadan.com. Sponsored by the Muslim Educational Trust, World Affairs Council, Institute for Christian Muslim Understanding, Lewis & Clark College, Bilal Masjid Association, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church and Grace Institute, and Portland State University, with additional support from Ecumenical Ministries and The First Unitarian Church. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit this site or call 503-306-5252.

When: Sunday, April 15 at 3 pm
Where: First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1034 SW 13th Avenue

Inside Egypt’s Youth Movement

Two and a half years before there was anything called the “Arab Spring,” journalist David Wolman went to Cairo to write a feature story for Wired about tech-savvy dissidents protesting against the regime. He returned to Egypt last March to research and write “The Instigators,” a definitive and “riveting” (Atlantic) account of the revolution and the lead-up to it. Wolman is a contributing editor for Wired and also writes fora variety of publications. $10 Regular, $5 Students. For more information, clickhere.

When: Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm
Where: Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW First Ave, Portland

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