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Women’s Narratives and Social Movements: Black Lives Matter and the Arab Spring

April 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In the course of the past two years, revolutionary socio-political movements have swept the United States and the Middle East.  The Arab Spring dismantled autocracies and challenged conceptualizations of development in the Middle East. With a similar populist methodology, “Black Lives Matter” has changed the national dialogue on police violence and systemic racism.  Throughout these experiences, it is important to recognize the value of women’s narratives.

This panel – academic and activist perspectives – hopes to explore how women have shaped and defined the art, music, and literature of the revolutions. This panel will include Dr. Zeina Halabi (Arabic Literature and Culture, UNC Department of Asian Studies), Ms. Zaina Alsous (media and communications specialist, social activist in Durham, NC), and Dr. Charlene Regester (Professor of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, UNC).

For questions about this event, please contact Nancy Smith at



April 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm