Pitt-Bradford will hold a social sciences symposium to examine “The
Reality of Arab Spring and Middle-East Politics” next week.
The symposium, which will feature
retired Army Col. Wes Martin and Kamal Jabar, former cultural advisor to the
U.S. forces in Iraq, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. April 15 in the Lester
and Barbara Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall. The event is free and open to the
public and will include refreshments. A question and answer session will follow
the formal presentations.
Martin and Jabar have worked closely
together since 2005, when both were members of the U.S. forces in Iraq.
A retired active duty officer,
Martin is now a member of the Pitt-Bradford faculty. He has testified numerous
times before the U.S. congress and parliaments of Canada, Great Britain and the
European Union about the current Middle-East situation. Martin also works
closely with the Iranian resistance, striving to replace the religious
extremist government of Iran with democracy.
Raised in Iraq, Jabar served with
Kurdish fighters battling Saddam Hussein. Eventually, Jabar came to the United
States with his family and became a U.S. citizen. He returned to Iraq with
American forces and worked with senior officials of the U.S. and Iraqi
government. He has just returned from Iraq.
Pitt-Bradford’s Division of
Behavioral and Social Sciences is sponsoring the symposium. For
disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and
Services at (814)362-7609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.