This Tuesday on the UT-Dallas campus I will be part of a panel discussion on the Middle East and North Africa. This is being put together by the Political Science folks, as such it is not really focused on the role of social media. In fact the other speakers are more focused on the history, the political ramifications for the region and the difficulties and issues associated with transitioning to a democracy. So, this isn’t really a panel about the role of social media in these uprising, although that is what I am going to talk about. Info below:
Forum on the Middle East and Africa
Apr 5th, Conference Center, 2-3:30pm.
Kacem Ayachi, 2009 Political Science Ph.D. Graduate A new era of mass politics in the Middle East
David Parry, Assistant Professor, Emerging Media and Communications The role of social media in the protests and the lessons that can be learned
Robert Lowry, Professor, Political Science Large-scale institutional change and conditions for stable democracies
After the presenters each make brief comments, the floor will be open for questions from the audience.