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History Lecture Series

“The People Want to Bring Down the Regime”: A History of Dissent and the Arab Spring

Wed. Jan 24, 2018      7:30–9 p.m.

Kane Hall 130

Arbella Bet-Shlimon, ’03, Assistant Professor of History, UW

In 2011, the Middle East erupted in protests against authoritarian regimes. While several were forced out of power, most of these movements for greater freedoms were brought to an end by counterrevolutionary violence. Examine these events, known collectively as the Arab Spring, through the history and many meanings of dissent in the modern Middle East.

Admission: $5–$15 (Individual lecture); $15–$50 (series pass)

Recommended Reading

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20189_HLS_Bet-Shlimon_210x232Arbella Bet-Shlimon is a historian of the modern Middle East. She focuses on the politics, society and economy of twentieth-century Iraq and the broader Persian Gulf region. She offers general introductory courses on the modern Middle East, including a survey of the Middle East since the nineteenth century. Her upcoming book is a history of the city of Kirkuk, the original hub of Iraq’s oil industry.

In 2017, she was awarded the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the top teaching honor at the UW.

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