For this year’s installment of the CUNY BA Academic Conference Series, we are partnering with the Consulate of the Republic of Poland to bring a conference comparing the Arab Spring and the fall of the Iron Curtain. The conference will take the form of a panel discussion between Eastern European specialists and Middle East scholars. The panel members will explore similarities between political transitions in Eastern Europe and current transformations in the Middle East; argue about differences; examine what experiences from Europe could be relevant in the context of the Arab Spring; and discuss strategies for economic reforms, building civil society, and good governance.
Among our panelists are Dr. Elzbieta Matynia, The New School University; Yasmine El Rashidi, Lewis Center for the Arts Hodder Fellow for 2012-13, Princeton University; Dr. Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College; and Ambassador Muhamed Sacribey, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The discussion will be moderated by Sylvana Habdank-Kołaczkowska, Project Director at Freedom House.
The event is cosponsored by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the CUNY Graduate Center and serves as a United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) activity. In 2010, CUNY Baccalaureate was among the first institutions to join the UNAI, which builds partnerships between academic institutions and the UN to use scholarship, innovation, and ideas in the service of finding solutions to world problems.
The conference is scheduled for October 18, 2013, at the Polish Consulate in New York City from 6:00-8:30pm with a small reception to follow.