Lecture: Generational Change and the Future of Hope in the Arab World by Stuart Schaar

Wed, March 16, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Free and Open to the Public

Arab children,
Spring rain,
Harvest of the future,
You are the generation
That will overcome defeat.

Nizar Qabbani

Stuart Schaar's lecture will deal with generational differences in the region, emphasizing the social structures in Tunisia, and the Maghreb, that are currently in play. He will address the prophetic calls by many alienated Arab intellectuals for a new generation to break with the past, and usher a new era that will revolutionize the Arab world.

Stuart Schaar is Professor Emeritus of Middle East and North African History at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. After earning his bachelor’s degree in history from the City College of New York, he did his graduate work at Princeton University where he received a joint Ph.D. in western European history and Middle East Studies. He specialized in North African history and wrote his doctoral thesis on “Conflict and Change in Nineteenth Century Morocco”. He was a guest student for nine months at the North African Center at the University of Aix-en-Provence in France and first went to North Africa in 1960. He wrote his dissertation and lived in Morocco for two years on a Ford Foundation grant and landed his first job in the Comparative Tropical History Program at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He then worked and wrote articles for two years for the American Universities Field Staff covering North Africa, the Middle East and East Africa, living for six months in Nairobi, Kenya and lecturing at the University of Nairobi, University of Dar es-Salam (Tanzania) and Makerere University (Uganda).

As part of the AUFS touring scholar program, he lectured for a year at ten universities throughout the United States including the California Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Southern University, Tulane University, and the University of Wisconsin, among others. He taught at Brooklyn College from 1968 until February 2007 when he retired and moved to Rabat, Morocco, where he now teaches. A recipient of four John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grants, Dr. Schaar is co-author and editor ofThe Middle East and Islamic World Reader(New York: Grove Press, 2003). He is completing an analytical biography of the late Eqbal Ahmad and expects to complete another book on Tunisia in the 1920's by September 2011.

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