2013 – Dr. Juan Cole, “Youth Movements and the Arab Revolutions”

Juan Cole will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture
Juan Cole will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture

The 13th annual Maryse & Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013  at 3:30 p.m. at the Driscoll Center Auditorium at the University of Toledo, featuring Juan Cole of the University of Michigan, presenting “Youth Movements and the Arab Revolutions.”

Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He has been a regular guest on PBS’s Lehrer News Hour, and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others. He has given many radio and press interviews. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs. He has a regular column at Truthdig. He continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shi`ite. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, and continues to travel widely there. A bibliography of his writings may be found here.

The Mikhail Endowment Fund was originally established through a donation from the Mikhail family to honor the work and contributions of Maryse Mikhail and her involvement in educational, philanthropic and interfaith organizations.   The main purpose of the fund is to support an annual lecture dealing with Arab culture, history, politics, economics, and other aspects of life in the Middle East including issues of peace and justice.

Whether or not you are able to join us, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the fund to help ensure the continuation of the lecture series for years to come.  Any amount is welcome, and checks should be made payable to the UT Foundation with a notation of the Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Endowment Fund (#1301-005). Gifts may be sent to The University of Toledo Foundation, P.O. Box 586, Toledo, OH 43697-0586. Secure online gifts may be made at give2UT.utoledo.edu.

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