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Update: Middlebury Student located in Syria, presumed to be safe

Back in the wee hours of Saturday morning we here at Wesleying reported on the disappearance/presumed detainment of Middlebury Student Pathik “Tik” Root ’12 in Damascus, Syria. (You can hit up that earlier post here.)

Since then, there have been positive developments in the case. The Middlebury website has announced that Root has been located, is highly believed to be safe and well, and that although he remains in custody by Syrian authorities US officials are working hard to get him back.

For more info, you can head over to an informational Facebook group set up and regularly updated by Root’s sister, and you can also check out this article filed by Boston.com earlier today. (Thanks to Rory Stamp ’12 for the tips!)

For more info on the detainment of the other US citizens during the same protest which Root was believed to have been witnessing when he was picked up, head over to this al-Jazeera article. (Thanks to J- ‘?? in the comments section for the tip!)

Middlebury Student taken captive in Syria; detained indefinitely

Despite the continuing coverage all over the CNN and HLN and whatever other newsy-outlet they blast over at Freeman, it is often the case that it is quite difficult to grasp the gravity of the chaos that’s ripping a new hole in the Middle East and North Africa right now. That is, until some shit closer to home hits the revolutionary fan.

On Thursday, the Burlington Free Press reported that a Middlebury student, Pathik “Tik” Root ’12, went missing in Damascus, Syria, where he was studying abroad.

Yesterday, the Burlington Free Press followed up by confirming that he has indeed been taken in and is being held by Syrian authorities. It is believed that he was rounded up when he was witnessing a demonstration that was taking place on March 18th at a “major mosque in the old city.” He has not been heard from since that date.

Details remain considerably sketchy at this time. More info after the jump.

Update [3/27]: On March 26th, confirmation has been given that Tik Root has been located and is believed to be safe and well. More info on the Middlebury page. Thanks to Leslie in the comments section for the tip!

Unferth is Your New Che

This past Saturday’s edition of the New York Times Book Review contains a fascinating treatment of English professor Deb Olin Unferth‘s latest work, a memoir entitled Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War (Henry Holt).  Unferth is perhaps best known for her fiction, which has graced the renowned pages of Harper’s, NOON, Agni, and The Boston Review, among others. Her limpid, glowing sentences and beautifully unmoored narration have attracted such followers as Diane Williams, Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, and Gary Shteyngart, all of whom lauded her debut novel Vacation as a remarkable work.

If such high esteem was insufficient, Unferth was also a 2011 Pushcart Prize recipient. Her story “Pet”, which she debuted at a Russell House reading in the fall semester of ’09, was published in NOON and then anthologized in the Pushcart Press’s latest installment of the series (it can be purchased here).

Making History: Perspectives on the Egyptian Uprising and the Wider Middle East, Feb 10th

A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks. Here’s a good opportunity to make sense of what went down, and what comes next:

“Making History: Perspectives on the Egyptian Uprising and the Wider Middle East”

All are welcome to listen and take part in a discussion on what will be an epochal moment of Middle Eastern history.

The panel includes Professor Bruce Masters (history), Professor Anne Peters (government), Muslim Chaplain Marwa Aly, and a student who spent last semester in Egypt.

Refreshments will be served!

Date:   Feb. 10
Time:   4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Place:  PAC 001