Off the Wire—Updates from Presstime, Davidson Journal

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The news never sleeps.

At Davidson Journal press time, stories were breaking all around campus and rippling outward. And, stories were breaking all around the world and rippling inward.

In December and January in Tunisia, events leading up to the Jasmine Revolution and the ouster of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali focused attention on the hot-off-the-presses book Tunisia: Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb by Chris Alexander, McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, associate professor of political science and associate dean for international programs. That’s a mouthful. But just so: Alexander said he was “drinking from the fire hose” for a few weeks there, giving interviews to global news outlets, traveling to Washington, D.C. for briefings with government and military personnel, and writing articles for Foreign Policy magazine.

In February in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha spoke on “Prospects for Peace in the Middle East.”

“He was a wonderful speaker,” said Alexander, who was Moustapha’s campus host. “His own interdisciplinary curiosity and cosmopolitan background was a good fit for the liberal arts in general and for his Davidson audience in particular. The 900 Room was packed, and the audience clearly appreciated Moustapha’s unvarnished perspectives. The question-and-answer session was very lively!”

Soon after the ambassador’s visit, final i’s were dotted and t’s crossed on the college’s plans for a new international study program, Davidson in Syria, set to begin in Spring 2012.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s historic period of unrest in January and February forced two Davidson students to flee that country.

To see and hear more Online Extras for stories in the Spring 2011 edition of the Davidson Journal, visit the Davidson Journal Online.

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