Iowa State students will describe their Arab Spring experiences Sept. 22

AMES, Iowa -- The 2011 anti-government uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa known as the "Arab Spring" captivated the world's attention and changed the region's political landscape. But what was it like to witness the revolutionary events firsthand?

Iowa State University students who participated in the Arab Spring will share their stories during "In the Heart of the Arab Spring" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The free, public talk is part of Iowa State's World Affairs Series: "Redefining Global Security."

The students —all seniors — will include Karim Abdelhamid (Egypt), biological systems engineering; Mohamed Abufalgha (Libya), aerospace engineering; and Mohamed Elfourtia (Libya), mechanical engineering. Sociocultural anthropologist Nell Gabiam, an assistant professor of anthropology, will moderate. She has conducted extensive research on humanitarian and development aid in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Arab Student Association, the World Affairs committee and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by Student Government. More information is available online at ISU Lectures Program, or by calling 515-294-9935.