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Islamic Heritage Month talk
Start Date: 10/11/2018Start Time: 12:45 PM
End Date: 10/11/2018End Time: 2:45 PM

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An assistant professor of government from Hamilton College will give a talk at Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, Oct. 11 to mark Islamic Heritage Month.

Kira Jumet’s talk will explore the motivations behind a revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, riots, coups, foreign interventions and civil wars in North Africa and the Middle East, known as the “Arab Spring.”

The free, public event is part of the ongoing History, Culture & Diversity lecture series coordinated by Robert Brown of Victor, professor of history at FLCC. It will begin at 12:45 Room 2775 at FLCC’s main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Visitors should plan to arrive early for parking.

Jumet will discuss interviews conducted in Egypt during the Arab Spring to show the influence of social media, violent government repression, changes in political opportunities and the military. Specifically, she’ll explore why Egyptians rose against the Mubarak regime in early 2011 and, two years later, participated in overthrowing their first democratically-elected leader.

She has served as a faculty member at Hamilton since 2016. She authored the book that shares a title with her upcoming talk: “Contesting the Repressive State: Why Ordinary Egyptians Protested During the Arab Spring.”

Jumet was previously the director of development at the American Iranian Council and has taught at the College of Staten Island, Rutgers University and Marymount Manhattan College. Jumet received her bachelor's in international relations and Middle East studies from Brown University, her master's in Middle East studies from the American University in Cairo, and her doctorate in political science from Rutgers University.


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