Khaled Kassem, associate professor of mathematics at the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus and an adjunct faculty member at the Central New Mexico Community College, speaks about the root causes of the Arab Spring on Wednesday, Oct. 21 will be at 12 p.m. in room 256 in the Communication & Journalism Department building on UNM's main campus.

Kassem will discuss the reasons for the Arab Spring mobilizations, including the economic reasons, the Islamic awakening that was led by moderate Islamic groups, liberal and secular movements for democracy and the U.S. influence toward creating a “Great Middle East.”

This is the third in the Department of Communication & Journalism’s cross disciplinary colloquium series “Islam and the Middle East after Arab Spring.” The series is sponsored by the UNM Office of Student Affairs, the Department of Communication & Journalism, the National Security Studies Program and the Religious Studies Program.

There will be refreshments. This lecture is free and the public is invited.