March 17, 2011
The theme of the forum will be “The Effects of the Current Unrest in the Arab World on Global Peace and Security.”
Chapter Alpha Phi of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, will host its Third Annual Peace and Security Forum from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday (March 21) in room 001 of the Education Building.
Panelists Saad Abi-Hamad, assistant professor of Islamic & Middle Eastern History; and Mohammad Maqusi, professor of Middle East Studies, will discuss “The Effects of the Current Unrest in the Arab World on Global Peace & Security.” Ambassador Tibor Nagy, vice provost for international affairs, will moderate the conversation.
The idea for an annual forum came when Sigma Delta Pi Advisor Comfort Pratt received a grant from the Association of College Honor Societies in October of 2008. Last year’s forum as well as this year’s was funded with grants from Texas Tech’s Student Government Association. Pratt said the previous forums brought together amazing panels and very enthusiastic audiences and received excellent reviews.
“We have selected the theme for this year due to the many questions we all have regarding the implications of the drastic political changes that have recently occurred in the Arab world,” Pratt said. “There are many questions on people’s minds, and it is our hope that this forum will help people understand what is actually going on and how that is going to affect the rest of the world.”
Pratt said Sigma Delta Pi is grateful for the selection of panelists and moderation of the event once again by Nagy and for the financial support of the Student Government Association.
A reception will be held after the forum.