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Understanding the Middle East from the Midwest
Speaker series come to Northeast Ohio, starting at Kent State


 
Earlier this year, Prof. Josh Stacher was busy deciphering news from the Middle East for his students. Now, he's hosting a speaker series with colleagues from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State and Oberlin.
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Northeast Ohio universities are launching a new dialog this week about the Middle East and the impact of events there on Northeast Ohio.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia spoke with Middle East expert and Kent State political scientist Joshua Stacher about the New Perspectives series that launches Tuesday with a deeper look at the Arab spring.
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The country's fourth-largest Arabic-speaking population lives in Northeast Ohio.
That’s one reason political scientists from Kent State, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State and Oberlin have put together the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies. 
The group is hosting events throughout the academic year, starting with a town hall Tuesday night at Kent State, discussing how the media covered the Arab spring. It features Rami Khouri, editor of the "Daily Star" in Beirut.
Josh Stacher hopes the project also dispels academia's reputation for being detached from reality. 
Kent State professor Joshua Stacher also plans to debate whether the media should have seen the Arab spring coming.   He and Beirut editor Rami Khouri will be speaking at Franklin Hall at 5 p.m. Tuesday night. Khouri will also be addressing the City Club of Cleveland at Noon on Wednesday, at St. Ignatius High School.  Both events are free to the public, but registration is required. 


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