Phones in the Field: Technology Fosters the Arab Spring
The flowering of democracy is revolutionizing life in the Arab world and elsewhere. The technological revolution is mobilizing people, especially youth, as never previously seen. How has the powerful combination of idea and technology actually been used in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Yemen? This Skype-enabled session will bring together young activists from various countries who will discuss the successes, limitation and future of Phones in the Field. This workshop will take place on Sunday, March 10th from 1:30-3:00pm prior to Tawakkol Karman’s address.
Ibrahim Al-Hajiby is an international student from Yemen attending Augsburg College. Al-Hajiby is serving as a Nobel Peace Prize Forum intern, more specifically with the Global Day which will be featuring his follow country woman Tawakkol Karman. Al-Hajiby is widely involved in his college campus; he is currently serving as the Vice President of Augsburg Day Student Government.
Al-Hajiby is organizing a workshop titled “Phones in the Field” which will explore the role of... Read More →
Assoc. Professor and Chair, Political Science Department; Director, International Relations Program, Augsburg College
Joseph B. Underhill is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department and Director of the International Relations program at Augsburg College. He also helped start and now teaches courses in the Environmental Studies and Peace & Global Studies programs there. He currently serves as the campus Coordinator for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, co-hosted each year at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. In 2010-12 he served as the Batalden... Read More →
Chamsseddine Abdelhafidh is currently a Tunisian young conceptualizer at Memac Ogilvy Label. He is a SUSI and NESA alumni, two US Department of State Exchange programs where he studied Social Entrepreneurship in Miami University of Ohio and in Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. He worked as President of AIESEC Carthage in Tunisia and as National Vice President of AIESEC in Estonia. He took part in the demonstrations in Tunis in January 2011.
Farea Al-muslimi is a 22 years old Yemeni Youth Activist and Writer. He is a regular writer and co-founder of many local youth initiatives since 2007. Recently, he graduated from The American University of Beirut Majoring in Public Policy and Minoring in Human Rights & Transitional Justice via MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship program. He tweets at @Almuslimi.
Waleed F. Mahdi is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, and is a student of development studies & social change at the university’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. He is a Fulbright scholar and a MacArthur fellow with research interests in American/Middle East studies. A native of Yemen, he is currently leading the Yemeni American Society in Minnesota and proposing an undergraduate course “Arab Spring-American... Read More →
Abdelrahman is a sixth year Medical student at Facility of Medicine, Cairo University and a team leader at Life Makers NGO, one of the biggest NGOs in Egypt which is leading social entrepreneurial and sustainable development projects. In April 2008 he helped found the "6 April Youth Movement" - the first youth movement that used Facebook and Twitter for political acts and the most important youth movement which lighted the spark for the 25th of January Revolution .
Abdelrahman is also a... Read More →
Ahmed Musallam is a sophomore at Augsburg College. An international student from Palestine majoring in computer science with minors in Math and MIS, Musallam is active in his campus community. He is currently serving as an international mentor and an officer of the International Student Organization at Augsburg He is also an active member of other student organizations such as PASU, SRJ, and BOSS. Musallam is currently serving as a Technical Assistant with the workshop “Phones in the... Read More →
Afrah Nasser is a freelance writer and blogger since 2010 focusing on women's rights, democracy, and politics of Yemen. In April 2011, her blog has been featured as one of the 10 must-read blogs from the Middle East by CNN.com, in October 2012 the blog has been featured at no. 3 among 35 Top Middle East blog by The Monitor and she has been featured as one of the most active female journalists on twitter by the International Journalist Network. She has worked as a reporter for Yemen Observer... Read More →
Alaa Abd Elrahman Obeida is currently studying Medicine at Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty, Cairo University and is the founder and coordinator of EYouth Initiative funded by U.S. State Department Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund through an international competition. Mr Obeida is also the executive director of MediVerse NGO and one of its founders as well. He was the Local Youth Representative (LYR) for iEARN Egypt 2011 and worked for iEARN since 2004. He has been a speaker and coordinator of many youth... Read More →
Abrar A. Rageh is an American-Egyptian junior scientist in ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota. She is socially and politically active locally, nationally and internationally. Despite her presence in Minnesota during the start of the “Arab Spring," her ties to the Arab world kept her constantly aware of situations on the ground. Abrar has held leadership positions in organizations including Session: Middle East, Egyptian Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine... Read More →
Omar El Zoheiry is a Macalester College senior with majors in Political Science, Economics, and International Studies. Since the Arab Spring, Omar has been very active in studying the changing political landscape in the Middle Eastern and in advancing Egyptian democratization. In the fall of 2012, he participated in Minnesota Peace Initiative’s panel discussion on the Arab Spring alongside U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, Samuel L. Kaplan, and Norwegian Ambassador to Syria, Rolf Willy Hansen... Read More →
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