News Release| American Communities Program; Cal State L.A.

April 28, 2011

Note to editor and news directors:  To interview any of the panelists below, please call the CSULA Public Affairs office in advance at (323) 343-3050.

Speakers to explore the uprisings in the Middle East

American Communities Program panel discussion at Cal State L.A. May 3

Los Angeles, CA –  Featuring a panel of distinguished scholars and an award-winning news correspondent, the American Communities Program (ACP) at Cal State L.A. will present “Change in the Middle East: Promises, Pitfalls, and Possibilities” on Tuesday, May 3.

The forum—to take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Los Angeles Room of the University-Student Union—will discuss the unique political, social, religious, and economic forces prompting the recent uprisings in the Middle East; the roles of youth, women and new media in the events; and the implications for U.S. policy.

Moderated by Jon Beaupre, associate professor of communication studies at CSULA, the panel will include Emily Acevedo, assistant professor of political science at CSULA; Atef Laouyene, assistant professor of English at CSULA; Mike Shuster, broadcast journalist, National Public Radio; and Najeeba Syeed-Miller, assistant professor of interreligious education at Claremont School of Theology.

A reception will follow the discussion. The event is co-sponsored by the University’s Cross Cultural Centers, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Political Science and University-Student Union.

Free to the public. For details, contact ACP Director Maria Karafilis at (323) 343-5823 or

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