Tag Archives: Arab Spring

Film Series: As I Open My Eyes

2015. Tunisia. Dir: Leyla Bouzid. With Baya Medhaffer. 102 min.


On the brink of the Arab Spring, young Farah’s punk rock band seems to be her only escape from the tensions that dominate all facets of her life. With the Tunis underground arts and activism scene as her stage, Bouzid delivers a tender and powerful look at Arab girlhood in the face of overwhelming familial, societal, and even governmental upheaval.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Discussion on “Peaceful” Uprising in Tunisia

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From Joe Ringoen ’14:

Arab Spring in Focus: The “Peaceful” Revolution in Tunisia

Interested in the Arab Spring? Not sure what to do with your WesFest prefrosh? Come out to WesAmnesty’s main spring event on Thursday night!

The event will include a brief video presentation, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A led by students and faculty. They will contribute diverse perspectives on the unique revolution occurring in Tunisia, from personal accounts to academic knowledge of the social movement. Mahmoud Ghedira ’16, a Tunisian native, inspired the event after creating a viral YouTube video of Tunisian students in America expressing their solidarity with the Tunisian people.

Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 8-9 pm
Place: PAC001

Ghedira ’16 Creates Video to Support Tunisia

Tunisia’s secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid was shot this past Wednesday while leaving his house. Many Tunisians believed this assassination was ordered by the government, and huge protests followed soon after the event. Mahmoud Ghedira ’16, a Tunisian native, wanted to do something to help his home country during its time of need, and he settled on making a video with some of his Tunisian friends who also attend American schools.

“The goal of the video is to express our support to Tunisia,” Mahmoud explains, “and to say that even though we’re 6000 miles away, we know what [the Tunisian people] are going through. We believe that we can overcome this without violence. Our message is a message for peace and [a message] against all this political violence that is happening right now.”

Mahmoud (speaking at 2:40 in the recording) hoped the video would uplift the spirits of his fellow Tunisians. But what he didn’t expect was how many other people would be tuning in as well; the YouTube clip has gotten over 11,000 views in less than two days and is set to premiere on Tunisian national television soon.

Inspired by the amount of attention the video was receiving, Mahmoud decided to expand the social media presence of the Tunisian students’ cause.

PTIR Lecture: “Reflections on Tahrir Square: An Activist’s View”

Interested in a lecture about the Egyptian Revolution by two living, breathing Egyptian activists? Head on over to Allbritton 311 at 3pm to hear from Ahmed Salah and Mahitab Elgilani, a husband and wife activist team that were part of all that went down (and, frankly, still going down as we speak).

Date: Today, March 9th
Time: 3.15pm – 5.00pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free

I apologize for the shortness and crudeness of this post; I am writing under conditions of extreme haste and questionable duress.

Interested in security studies? Check out the PTIR Symposium tomorrow!

There’s a subsection of International Relations studies that holds two colloquial labels these days: “Guns and Bombs stuff” and “protesty, big mob chanting, dictator overthrowing kinda stuff.” If either of these labels interest you, you might want to check out this event that’s going on tomorrow.

The Wesleyan “Program for Terrorism and Insurgency Research” (PTIR) is a research initiative started and organized by Government Professor and local bad-ass Erica Chenoweth, with help from QAC big-wig Emmanuel “Manono” Kaparakis and post-doc researcher Orion Lewis. Every summer, it holds an internship program where a bunch of students are stuffed into a room in Allbritton where they code stuff, do stuff with statistics, and write stuff on a research paper. And then on one particular day in the following academic year, they hold a symposium to display the fruits of their sweaty labor.

Tomorrow is that day. Held in Allbritton 311, this symposium is a day-long event that involves student research presentations, discussion with various prominent International Relations scholars, a film screening, and a lecture on the recent Egyptian Revolution. So, if you’re up for it, do come by. It’s completely open, so feel free to walk and leave as you please.

Date: Tomorrow, March 9th
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place: Allbritton, unless stated otherwise
Cost: Free

A more detailed schedule can be found after the jump.

Uncharacteristically Serious Procrastination Destination du Jour: The Year in Photos

Salamé, finals lovers. Tired of working, but had your fill of Flash games and all those fucking cats? Today’s procrastination destination will hopefully prove both thought-provoking and a welcome respite (at the same time (somehow)) from studying and Microsoft Wording. In Focus, The Atlantic‘s blog of obscenely high-quality and high-significance photography, recently finished publication of their top 120 images summarizing 2011.

Curated by Alan Taylor, the stunning photography includes, as always, descriptions of the context of the photos, often answering the “what happened next?” question a few might raise. Photos in the series cover some of the year’s major events in what seems to be generally chronological order, including the Fukushima disaster, the end of the Space Shuttle era, major sporting events, more than one aviation accident, and a hell of a lot of angry people in the streets – photos from the Arab Spring (especially Egypt and Libya), European austerity protests, and the Occupy Wall Street movement dominate. Despite all of the above, it does does have its fair share of light-hearted or otherwise fun work.

The series was published in three parts of 40 photos each – check out one, two, and three in order for maximum continuity. For more In Focus collections, try out this series from the first two weeks at Zuccotti Park, VLADIMIR PUTIN, or this series (a hit online from last year) that I totally thought was from The Atlantic but is actually from Boston.com’s The Big Picture. [Friendly protip: you can scroll image-by-image using the left and right arrow keys, or j and k.]