Event: “Oil Poor, Oil Rich: Problems of Social Transformations in Middle East”
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Place: Spectrum Campus
9388 Lightwave Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123-1426
This event brings together journalists, filmmakers, writers, development experts, and academics to discuss ongoing social transformations in the Middle East. Speakers will address the social, political, and economic issues that affect the daily lives of people. Key topics include women’s equality in oil-rich versus oil-poor countries, the role of Islam and oil in engendering development, oil as a factor in social and political corruption, the presence or absence of oil, and the vast diversity of people-–rich and poor–who live and work in the Middle East. The event is open to the public and parking is free.
- Talks will take place in room 150 (The Leadership Room).
- Morning and afternoon refreshments as well as lunch will be provided.
- Lunch will be in Room 114.
- The book signing will be in the lobby.
|Morning Session||Gender in the Middle East|
|10:00 a.m.||Welcome: Dr. Carol Richardson, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences.
Introductions: Dr. Lorna Zukas, Professor, Sociology and Global Studies, National University
|10:15-11:00 a.m.||Dr. Valentine Moghadam, Director of the International Affairs Program and Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University: “Feminisms and Democratic Transitions: the Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective”|
|11:00-11:45 a.m.||Dr. Rae Blumberg, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia: “Patriarchy, Petroleum, and the Middle East vs. the ‘Islamic Surprise’”|
|11:45-12:15 p.m.||Comments and Questions: Dr. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh, Professor and Chair Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University|
|12:15 -1:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|Afternoon Session||Journalistic Perspectives of the Everyday – Work, War, and Living|
|1:30 p.m.||Introductions: Dr. Duncan Campbell, Assistant Professor, History, National University|
|1:45-2:30 p.m.||Mr. Raymond Barrett, Journalist and author of Dubai Dreams: Inside the Kingdom of Bling|
|2:30-3:15 p.m.||Mr. Zuhair al-Jezairy, Journalist and author of The Devil You Don’t Know: Going Back to Iraq|
|3:15-3:45 p.m.||Comments and Questions: Dr. Shark Hanish, Associate. Professor Political Science, National University|
|3:45-4:30 p.m.||Refreshments, Book Signing and Discussion with Authors
The event is open to the public and parking is free.
This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
The event is co-sponsored by Groundwork Books, Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, and Trader Joe’s.