Sage Panel Discussion to Explore the Egyptian Revolution

October 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm

TROY, NY - The Sage Colleges will host its annual Sherman David Spector Lecture, “Living the Egyptian Revolution,” on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Bush Memorial Center on the Russell Sage campus. The Egyptian Revolution, which began in January of 2011, was a movement largely focused on bringing down Egypt’s longtime military dictatorship and establishing a democratic government.

“From the drama of the downfall of the long-term military dictator Mubarak, to the more recent overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood dominated government, Americans have, for more than three years, been transfixed by the drama of the Egyptian people’s efforts to build a more modern democratic society,” explained Dr. Steven Leibo, professor of Modern International History & Politics at Sage. “Sage’s annual Sherman David Spector Lecture, ‘Living the Egyptian Revolution’ will allow us to explore this extraordinarily important development in recent history with individuals who have lived it.” Leibo, who is also an international affairs commentator for WAMC Northeast Public Radio, will moderate the discussion.

The panel discussion will feature documentary producer Dina Harb and former AMIDEAST Egypt director James Ketterer. Harb is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the School of the Arts, Columbia University. She has been a producer in Egypt for most of her professional career and associate produced “Words of Witness,” an award-winning documentary about a young Egyptian journalist and her emotional and social struggle while covering the revolution. Harb is the founder of Birthmark Films, a production company in Egypt, where she also serves as managing partner/executive producer. She has been an active participant in the political scene in Egypt since the January 25th revolution.

Ketterer recently returned from Egypt, where he spent more than two years serving as country director for AMIDEAST, a U.S. organization that focuses on educational and cultural affairs and works closely with the U.S. Embassy. He is currently a senior fellow in the Institute for International Liberal Education and director of international academic initiatives for the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Steven Leibo at (518) 244-2330 or leibos@sage.edu.