2012
02.10

   

DON’T MISS THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY: A TALK AT WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE

WEDNESDAY, 2/22 at 7 PM at TOWSLEY AUDITORIUM

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE EGYPTIAN UPRISING

Untold stories of a year long struggle for freedom.

Shimaa’ will speak on a wide variety of topics such as the role of women and social media in the Arab Spring, the experience of being an activist in Egypt, the current  situation in the face of ongoing military control, and the economical, political, and cultural contexts of the Middle East in relation to the uprisings that have taken place.

Shimaa’ willl also present excerpts from the documentaries by Micah and Marie-Helene that  feature her activity in the Egyptian revolution and Occupy movement.

The talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

Who is Shimaa’ Helmy?

Shimaa’ is an activist and blogger from Cairo, Egypt. She organized and participated in the Jan. 25  uprising from day one.  She is currently in the U.S. on a speaking tour sharing her experiences in the  Egyptian uprising, and is also  working to promote the forthcoming Four Corners Media documentary  film IF, which features her and other activists, and gives an insider view into the initial  uprising and ongoing situation in Egypt.

Since she came to the U.S. on October 17th,  she has given several lectures with Micah Garen and  Marie-Helene Carleton (filmmakers) at Yale, Harvard, Rutgers University, George Washington  University, New York University, Simmons College, and Tufts University.

Shimaa’ has also conducted several Arab  Spring teach-ins at UC Berkeley, and Stanford.

Shimaa’ is a recent university graduate. She holds a B.S. in biotechnology from MISR University for Science and Technology.

Apart from her activism and scientific research, she has worked as a teacher of Arabic for non-native speakers, an English-Arabic translator, interpreter, and a freelance writer.

If you want to contact her directly, visit her facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/shimaa.tahrir   Her blog can be found at:  http://inalllanguages.blogspot.com

 

A year ago, I was on sabbatical in Egypt and met Shimaa’.

I am happy to welcome Shimaa’ Helmy in Ann Arbor for a special week-long visit.

ezt@wccnet.edu

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  1. I will be there for certain, I’m just curious about if there is a cost for this speech.

  2. Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to hear from this brave young woman. I plan to attend with family in tow.