2011 News Articles
Global Studies program hosts panel discussion on Arab revolutions

Global Studies program hosts panel discussion on Arab revolutions
March 29, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois ~ Tunisia. Egypt. Libya. Yemen. Bahrain.

Although there are similarities among the uprisings that are sweeping the Arab world – youth frustrated by their lack of voice in government, the inability of the majority to access the benefits of economic growth – many historians argue that each revolution must be assessed independently of others.

The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Committee for International Curriculum and the Global Studies major will explore these uprisings in "The Arab Revolutions: Change and Challenges" featuring College of DuPage Political Science professor and Arab world expert Carol Riphenberg, Ph.D., and professional interpreter Hussein Saleh from 12:20-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 in Scholl Hall, Room 101.

Riphenberg is the author of "Oman: Political Development in a Changing World" and numerous articles on politics and the state of women in the Middle East. She recently was a Senior Scholar researching women's networks in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, Saleh, who earned a bachelor's degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, has worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Immigration Court and was an eyewitness to the Egyptian revolution.

For more information about the event, contact the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Benedictine University at (630) 829-6262.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.