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Witnesses to history discuss the Egyptian revolution, April 12


Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
RIC professors Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban and Richard Lobban, internationally recognized scholars on Egypt and the Sudan, will provide a lecture on their experiences in Egypt during the onset of the revolution that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak, shaking the Middle East earlier this year.

The lecture, “Witness to History: The Egyptian Protest,” will take place on Tuesday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

“These events directly affect U.S. foreign policy and will likely be transformative for the Middle East,” said Fluehr-Lobban. “The Egyptian revolution is momentous. It’s their first experiment with democratic rule in 5,000 years.”

“In the 21st century we are all global citizens,” added Fluehr-Lobban. “The youth of the world can be an inspiration for progressive social change, following this model played out in Egypt.”

Richard Lobban
Fluehr-Lobban, RIC professor of anthropology, has received RIC faculty awards for both distinguished teaching and distinguished scholar. She has published many books, including “Modern Egypt and Its Heritage,” “Islamic Law and Society in the Sudan,” “Race and Identity in the Nile Valley: Ancient and Modern Perspectives” and “Race and Racism: An Introduction.”

Lobban, RIC professor emeritus of anthropology, has been studying and visiting Africa since 1964. He has spent two years on the research staff at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and has taught in Khartoum, Sudan, as well as in the U.S. at the University of Pittsburgh, Tufts, Bucknell, and Dartmouth.

The lecture is organized by the RIC Visiting International Student Association and sponsored by the Office of Student Life. The lecture is free and open to the public.