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Sunday, March 10 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Women in the Arab World: Shifting Sands

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The roles assigned to society have been vigorously debated for decades.  Advocates have pressed for increased freedoms while others have ardently defended the status quo. The Arab Spring heralds change on many fronts, including changes for women. But what do women really want for themselves?

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Afifa Benwahoud

Department of Multicultural Life, Macalester College
With a Muslim, Arab and Berber background, Ms. Benwahoud immigrated to the US in 2001. After considerable corporate experience, she shifted her interest to Higher Education to honor her thirst for learning.  She joined the Department of Multicultural Life at Macalester College in 2003 and has gained deep comparative insights about the social and racial dynamics of native and adopted countries.  
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Leila DeVriese

Professor of Global Studies, Hamline University
Dr. Leila DeVriese is a professor in Global Studies and coordinator of Middle East Studies at Hamline University in Saint Paul. DeVriese's latest research focuses on social media and contentious politics leading up to the "Arab Spring". DeVriese's forthcoming book is titled: Virtual Democracies: Social Media and Democratization of the Public Sphere.
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Catherine Ryan

Director, Office of the President, Minnesota Senate
Ms. Ryan has 20 years of experience in legislative, political and public affairs. She has worked in international development as a writer, researcher and educator in the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Asia. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Global Leadership.

Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Christensen Center: East Commons, Augsburg