Visiting lecturers host forums about Morocco after the Arab Spring

Apr 30, 2015

North Central College’s Office of International Programs is hosting two free “Forums on Morocco after the Arab Spring” on May 6-7 with visiting lecturers addressing different topics at each event.

The first forum will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in Smith Hall. Visiting lecturer Sidi Hamza Tayebi will address the question, “Is the Monarchy Reforming or Tricking? A Look at the Contemporary Political Landscape in Morocco” and will discuss the monarchy, political parties and youth movement in Morocco. Re-examining the Arab Spring in Morocco with a particular focus on the independent press and human rights, Tayebi will retrace the arrival of the “democratic spring” and the ensuing response of the political regime. He is a part-time professor of English at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco.

The second forum begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Smith Hall. Visiting lecturer Meriem El Haitami will feature the topic, “Women and State Religious Politicis in Morocco: New Roles, New Paradigms.” She will discuss the issue of state-sponsored Islamic feminism in Morocco and explain its emergence shaped by the convergence of post-Arab Spring politics, the state’s counter-radicalization strategy and liberal feminist efforts. She is a doctoral student at the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah in Fez, Morocco, and conducts research in affiliation with the Moroccan Cultural Studies Centre.

For more information call 630-637-5132.