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Author to discuss social media and the Egyptian revolution

Ashraf Khalil

Ashraf Khalil

As part of International Week, the USF St. Petersburg Honors Program presents Ashraf Khalil, author of Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution, who will discuss the role of social media in the 2011 revolution.

Khalil, an Arab-American journalist based in Cairo, will also discuss the recent unrest that rocked the country and what it means for the future of Egyptian democracy.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the University Student Center Ballroom, 200 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Free parking will be available across the street at the USFSP parking garage. Download the Ashraf Khalil poster.

Ashraf Khalil Poster

Ashraf Khalil Poster

“This is a rare opportunity for our students and the general public to get a firsthand account from an eyewitness to this important chapter in the history of the Middle East,” said Thomas Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of government and international affairs and director of the USFSP Honors Program.

International Week at USF St. Petersburg is Feb. 25 through March 1 and includes myriad public events.

Khalil’s talk is part of a series of Honors Program events with an international focus.

On Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., author and terrorism scholar Mia Bloom will present the Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture. Bloom, associate professor of International Studies and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, will discuss her latest book, Bombshell: Women and Terrorism (2011). It is free and open to the public.

On March 28 and 29, the Honors Program presents the first “St. Petersburg in the World Conference on International Affairs,” featuring U.S. ambassadors, military and intelligence officers, scholars and journalists for a series of 10 panels devoted to contemporary international issues. It is free and open to the public.

The Honors Program at USF St. Petersburg offers academically gifted, highly motivated students an exceptional experience that broadens and deepens their undergraduate education. A distinguished faculty guides special seminars and lectures and provide Honors students with an array of research opportunities culminating in an original senior thesis.

For more information about these events or the Honors Program, please call Thomas Smith at (727) 873-4872.

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