Examining a revolution triggered by thumbs

By Lee Kamlet
Dean, School of Communications 

How far would you go for freedom? What would you do if the government threatened you? What would you do if a member of your family was killed by security forces? On Tuesday, someone who lived that nightmare will share his story on our Mount Carmel Campus.

Dr. Hazem Hallak had his life shattered when his younger brother was brutally tortured and killed by government forces in Syria who were putting down demonstrations for freedom.

Now Hallak is fighting back, posting messages on social networks calling for the overthrow of the Syrian government.  And the Syrian government is watching — and listening.

Hallak is among the thousands of people who have been caught up in an extraordinary, global seismic shift.  Governments in the Middle East, which have maintained power for decades, often with iron fists, are being toppled.  It is a revolution not by guns, but by thumbs.  Text messages.  Twitter.  Facebook.  Cell phone video.

Those are the tools of the revolution now known as the Arab Spring.

The School of Communications will sponsor a teach-in on the role of social media in the Arab Spring on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Mancheski Executive Seminar Room in the Lender School of Business Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.  It is the next installment of “You Say You Want a Revolution,” the theme for this year’s Campus Cross-Talk programming.

In addition, part-time Professor Janet Bahgat, whose family lives in Egypt, and who was there just days before the demonstrations broke out in Tahrir Square will explain why the time was ripe for revolt.

It promises to be a lively, informative discussion.

You may also follow the discussion on Twitter using the #qucrosstalk hashtag.

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