Seven Reasons for Optimism in the Middle East

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Professor of Sociology, the American University in Cairo & Director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies

Friday, April 16, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
UCLA Law School Room 1347
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The UCLA International Institute, the Burkle Center for International relations and the Gustav E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies present this public lecture with Q&A

Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim is an internationally renowned sociologist and advocate of democracy and human rights.  In May of 2001, he was sentenced to seven years in prison along with several other Ibn Khaldun colleagues.  Their convictions were noted worldwide as they were seen as a direct assault on Egypt's fledgling civil society and symptomatic of the larger issue of democratic development in Egypt.  It sent shock waves through the community of human rights groups, professional syndicates and other NGOs...If the regime can do this to Saad Eddin Ibrahim--and get away with it--they can do it to anyone.  Thanks to tremendous international attention (even straining--at one point-- relations between Egypt and the U.S.)  Dr. Ibrahim and all the defendants were acquitted on March 18, 2003.

This program is part of UCLA's ongoing commitment to providing a forum for the wide range of views on key international issues for the campus community and beyond.

open to the public-- seating on first arrival basis

Cost : free

Burkle Center 310-825-0604

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, Center for Near Eastern Studies