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Aftermath of Arab Spring explored in March

Posted 03/02/16

The aftermath of the “Arab Spring” will be explored at Fitchburg State University’s International and Conflict Studies Keynote Address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and open to the public.

James Ketterer, dean of international studies at Bard College and director of its Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City, will deliver the address, entitled “What Happened to the Egyptian Revolution? Misreadings and Missed Opportunities.”

“Dr. Ketterer was in Egypt at the time of the Arab Spring, and will be discussing what happened, why the hopes for democracy have gone unrealized, as well as the future prospects in Egypt and the region,” said Fitchburg State Professor Eric Budd, a board member for Fitchburg State’s Center for Conflict Studies.

The program is sponsored by the Center for Conflict Studies and its international studies minor.

Before teaching at Bard, Ketterer served as Egypt Country Director for AMIDEAST, an educational and cultural affairs organization. Prior to that he was vice chancellor for policy and planning and deputy provost at the State University of New York. In government, he served on the staff of the New York Commission on Higher Education, the National Security Council staff at the White House, and as a policy analyst at the New York State Senate. He has also worked on elections for the United Nations, the African-American Institute and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

He is currently a non-resident Research Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and has also held teaching positions in international politics at the New School for Social Research, the State University of New York at New Paltz, the University at Albany, Russell Sage College, and the College of Saint Rose.
Ketterer was a Boren National Security Educational Program Fellow in Morocco, an International Graduate Rotary Scholar at the Bourguiba School of Languages in Tunisia, and studied Arabic at the King Fahd Advanced School of Translation in Morocco. He received his education at Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Fordham University.

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