Islam, politics focus of college symposium

Hamzawy is a noted Egyptian political scientist who previously taught at Cairo University and the Free University of Berlin. His research interests include the changing dynamics of political participation in the Arab world and the role of Islamist opposition groups in Arab politics, with special attention both to Egypt and the gulf countries. His latest book is Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (2006).

On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1:30 p.m., a modern dance performance by Middlebury College artist-in-residence Leyya Tawil will take place in the Dance Theatre of the Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30). Tawil, of Syrian-Palestinian descent, will perform her solo, Landmine/Map of the World, followed by an improvised work with violinist and Palestinian-American Mike Khoury. In a follow-up discussion Tawil will address the role of contemporary dance in creating and breaking illusions about Middle Eastern women and culture, and Khoury will discuss the Arab avant-garde in music.

Later that afternoon and evening, the critically acclaimed Afghan film Osama (2003) will conclude the symposium with screenings at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium, located in Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125).

For more information, call (802) 443-5975.

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