Dr. Heydemann will be presenting at 2 pm, Friday, Oct. 23 in the Clark Memorial Library.
Shawnee State University welcomes Professor Steven Heydemann as the first speaker of the Distinguished Lecture Series from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 23, at the Flohr Lecture Hall in the Clark Memorial Library.
Dr. Heydemann will be presenting his lecture titled, “Authoritarian Governance and the Arab State in an Era of Mass Politics.”
Dr. Heydemann holds the Janet Wright Ketcham 1953 Chair in Middle East Studies at Smith College. He is a political scientist who specializes in the comparative politics and political economy of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria. In addition, Dr. Heydemann consults widely with the United States government and European governments on issues relating to Syria policy and status of the Syrian conflict. He writes regularly on Syria for major media outlets and has appeared as a Syria expert on leading television networks such as BBC, al-Arabiyya, al-Jazeera and PBS.
“We are very fortunate to have Professor Heydemann come to speak at SSU. He will bring a very interesting and insightful view of current issues in the Middle East and Arab spring,” said Dr. Amr Al-Azm, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Anthropology at SSU.
The Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the SSU Development Foundation.