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14th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture at Hampshire College

This year the 14th Annual Eqbal Ahmad lecture will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA at 4 PM in the Robert Crown Center. Our scheduled speakers, Paul Amar, one of the country's preeminent young scholars in critical international security studies along with Egyptian activists, Mozn Hassan and Ramy Raouf, will be in Egypt during the fall months monitoring the elections. We are looking forward to their return to the US and getting an exclusive look at the political climate following the elections. The lecture is entitled "Egypt: Anatomy of a Revolution."

Amar is Associate Professor in the Global & International Studies Program at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He specializes in international security studies, political sociology,
global ethnography, and gender/race/postcolonial theory.

Joining Amar for the lecture are Egyptian activists Mozn Hassan and Kholoud Saber:

Hassan is a young Egyptian woman lawyer, political organizer and director of Cairo's Nazra for Feminist Studies, a women's rights research organization based in Cairo. She is a prominent leader of the Democracy Movement in Egypt and an expert in human rights, international law, gender policy, and constitutional reform. Saber is a one of the most prominent leaders of the university student movement in Egypt, and the director of the Egyptian Institute for Academic Freedom. Both Hassan and Saber have been actively involved in the Egyptian Revolution.

The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship and activism of the late Eqbal Ahmad, who was a long-time Hampshire College professor. Professor Ahmad's faculty colleagues, former students, family, and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work. Previous Eqbal Ahmad Lecturers include Kofi Annan, Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Seymour Hersh, Tariq Ali, Robin Kelley, Karma Nabulsi and Amira Hass.