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Egyptian Activist Coming to USM on March 9

Wael Nawara

A year following the Egyptian revolution and the Arab Spring, the University of Southern Maine is pleased to host an evening with Wael Nawara, Egyptian activist, writer, and co-founder of the Ghad party (Tomorrow).

This free, public event will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 9, in the University Events Room on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library, Portland. A reception will be held from 5-6 p.m., followed by Nawara’s address. For planning purposes, click RSVP if you plan to attend. For more information, call USM Multicultural Student Affairs at 780-4006 or Reza Jalali at 780-5798.

Nawara co-founded El Ghad Party (Tomorrow) in 2003, and is the co-founder and president of the Network of Arab Liberals (NAL), a coalition of Arab liberal parties. He was among the protesters featured in Time Magazine’s December 14, 2011 “Person of the Year: The Protester” issue.

He is the author of several titles that include “The Third Republic, Chronicles of Change,” "In Search of the Boy" and "Anti-Monopoly and Free Competition.” Nawara writes and lectures on various topics, including political and economic reform, transition strategies, the parallel state, national competitiveness, cultural development and educational reform.

Nawara graduated with honors as a mechanical engineer from Egypt’s Ain Shams University in 1984 and earned Master’s in international marketing from Scotland’s University of Strathclyde in 1991.

Currently, Nawara is at Harvard University as an Institute of Politics Fellow leading a study group on the future of Egyptian democracy.