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You are cordially invited to attend “Oil Poor, Oil Rich: Problems of Social Transformations in Middle East,” an exciting one-day colloquium to be held on March 15, 2014 at National University, San Diego. This interdisciplinary meeting will bring together authors, journalists, filmmakers, and academics to discuss the political, social, and economic issues that affect the rich and poor who live and work in the Middle East. The event is open to the public. Parking is free and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please RSVP, by March 7, to email@example.com. Detailed information and updates are available at http://lornazukas.wordpress.com. Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested. Overview: Key topics include women’s equality in oil-rich versus oil-poor countries, the role of Islam and oil in engendering development, oil as a factor in social and political corruption, the presence or absence of oil, and the vast diversity of people-–rich and poor--who live and work in the Middle East. Event Schedule Morning Session Gender in the Middle East 9:30 a.m. Coffee 10:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Dr. Carol Richardson, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences and Introductions: Dr. Lorna Zukas, Professor, Sociology and Global Studies, National University 10:15-11:00 a.m. Dr. Valentine Moghadam, Director of the International Affairs Program and Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University. “Feminisms and Democratic Transitions: the Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective” 11:00a.m.11:45 a.m. Dr. Rae Blumberg, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. “Patriarchy, Petroleum, and the Middle East vs. the ‘Islamic Surprise’” 11:45 a.m-12:15 p.m. Comments and Questions: Dr. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh, Professor and Chair, Department of Women's Studies, San Diego State University 12:15 -1:30 p.m. Lunch Afternoon Session Journalistic Perspectives of the Everyday – Work, War, and Living 1:30 p.m. Introductions: Dr. Duncan Campbell, Asst. Professor, History, National University 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Mr. Raymond Barnett, Journalist and author of Dubai Dreams: Inside the Kingdom of Bling 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Mr. Zuhair Al-Jezairy, Journalist and author of The Devil You Don’t Know: Going Back to Iraq 3:15-3:45 p.m. Comments and Questions: Dr. Shak Hanish, Assoc. Professor, Political Science, National University 3:45 p.m-4:30 p.m. Refreshments and Book Signing Speaker Bios Dr. Valentine Moghadam, Northeastern University, Boston, Director of the International Affairs Program and Professor of Sociology. Born in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Moghadam received her higher education in Canada and the U.S. In addition to her academic career, she has been a senior research fellow at UNU/WIDER in Helsinki, Finland (1990-95), and a section chief at UNESCO in Paris (2004-06). Dr. Moghadam’s areas of research are globalization, transnational feminist networks, civil society and citizenship, and gender and development in the Middle East and North Africa. Among her publications are Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (2013), Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005, which won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award), and Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (2009, updated second edition 2012). Dr. Rae Lesser Blumberg, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. She is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. She has carried out development-related work in 44 countries worldwide. She links research on a wide array of development topics to her two gender theories, one a general theory of gender stratification and the other a gender and development theory. Her key areas of research are gender theory, gender and stratification, and women’s empowerment. Her publications include EnGENDERing Wealth and Well-being: Empowerment for Global Change, edited by Blumberg, Cathy Rakowski, Irene Tinker and Michael Monteon, (1995), and two forthcoming books, The Queen Midas Chronicles, by Blumberg (Paradigm), and Development in Crisis, edited by Blumberg and Sam Cohn (Routledge). Mr. Raymond Barrett is an Irish writer and journalist living in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Dubai Dreams: Inside the Kingdom of Bling. He lived in the Middle East for nearly a decade and writes regularly on the region for Ireland's Sunday Business Post. He has also written for Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor, Haaretz, Open Democracy, The Daily Star (Beirut) and Kuwait Times. Mr. Zuhair Al-Jezairy, Journalist and Editor in Chief of Aswat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq) news agency and part of the Iraqi Journalist Union. He was the previous editor-in-chief of the daily Arabic newspaper Al Mada. He studied German literature in Baghdad, and since 1968 has worked as a journalist in Baghdad, Beirut, and London. He is the author of 18 books. The most recent is The Devil You Don’t Know: Going Back to Iraq, a memoir/reportage of returning to Baghdad after 25 years in exile. Mr. al-Jezairy and his Agency Aswat Al Iraq (Voices of Iraq) have won several distinguished international awards for investigative journalism. In 2009, he was a Fellow at the United States Institute for Peace. An Iraqi novelist and journalist, he has spent his life searching for freedom and condemning tyranny. This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation, Groundwork Books, and the Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University. More information at http://lornazukas.wordpress.com. Best, Lorna Lorna Lueker Zukas, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology National University La Jolla, CA 92037 858/642-8437 . firstname.lastname@example.org -- --