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Bard College Presents "Egypt: Revolution, Evolution, or Coup," A Talk with James Ketterer and Omar Cheta on September 10

Mark Primoff

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Presented by the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Bard College, “Egypt: Revolution, Evolution, or Coup,” a talk with James Ketterer, director of International Academic Initiatives, CCE (former director of Amideast, Egypt) and Omar Cheta, assistant professor of history, will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College on Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation will focus on the ongoing events in Egypt and U.S. policy, beginning with the revolution in 2011 and the various events leading up to the recent removal of Mohamed Morsi as president through a combination of popular uprising and military intervention. Ketterer will focus on U.S. foreign policy and Cheta will focus on analyzing the shifting politics within Egypt.

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James P. Ketterer recently returned from Egypt, where he spent more than two years serving as country director for AMIDEAST, a U.S. organization that focuses on educational and cultural affairs and works closely with the US Embassy. He is currently a Senior Fellow in the Institute for International Liberal Education and director of International Academic Initiatives for the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard. He has also served as vice chancellor for policy and planning and deputy provost for the State University of New York, as director of SUNY’s Center for International Development and program officer at SUNY’s Center for Legislative Development. In government he served on the staff at the National Security Council at the White House and as a policy analyst for the New York State Senate. He is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including Boren Fellow in Morocco; Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Tunisia; Research Fellow, University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy; American Institute of Maghrib Studies Fellowship; and others. He has held positions in international missions and consultancies for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, United Nations Development Program, U.S. Agency for International Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uganda, Macedonia, Libya, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Zambia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Guinea, and Congo. Ketterer has taught at Bard from 2003–05 and from 2013–present.

Omar Cheta has been assistant professor of Middle Eastern and Historical Studies in the Division of Social Studies since 2013. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at New York University in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and history. He holds an A.M. in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in economics from the American University in Cairo. Cheta’s primary teaching interests are the modern Middle East and the Ottoman Empire with an emphasis on colonialism, capitalism, social movements, sovereignty, human rights, and historiography. His current research focuses on the intersection of modern law and economy in Egypt and the Ottoman Empire during the 19th century. His book reviews have been published in Arab Studies Journal and New Middle Eastern Studies, and a book chapter is forthcoming in New Approaches to Egyptian Legal History. In 2012-13, he was the recipient of a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities and an Honorary Graduate Research Fellowship from the Humanities Initiative at NYU.



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This event was last updated on 09-04-2013