Speaking Engagements

 

  • “Tunisia’s Political, Social and Economic Promise and Potential – Tunisian Civil Society.” Tunisia Roundtable sponsored by the Languages and Global Studies Departments, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, April 2014.
  • “Workers’ Revolt at the Workplace and in Public Spaces: how workers used their workplaces and public spaces to protest authoritarian rule, economic re-structuring, and globalization” International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, February 2014.
  • “Fostering Positive Political Change in North Africa – The Role of the Labor Sector.” Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), Washington, D.C., November 2013.
  • “Workers in crisis …Outlook on Egypt’s Independent Trade Unions and their Political Role.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington, DC. August 2013.
  • “The Role of Egypt’s Labor Movement in June 2013 Uprising.” Briefing for the Executive Council of the Jewish Labor Committee. New York City, July 2013.
  • Moderator, Film and discussion of “Nazrah: A Muslim Woman’s Perspective.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. April, 2012.
  • Moderator, “Workshop: De-mystifying the Middle East and its People – a frank discussion.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. April 2012
  • Moderator, “We Are Egypt” — Film and discussion with Lillie Paquette (film director). Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. October 2011
  • Moderator, Film and Discussion: “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. March 2012
  • Panelist, “Careers in International Affairs.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. February 2012
  • Panelist, “Arab Spring Movements.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. February 2012
  • Panelist, “Panel Discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian Question.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. November 2011
  • Panelist, “Have you been wondering what exactly is going on in Egypt? Is the military going to relinquish control? What is Mubarak going to do now?” Washington-Lee University, Lexington, VA. February 2011.
  • Moderator, “The Future of Egypt.” East Meets West Conference at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Lexington, VA. March 2011
  • Moderator, Film and Discussion: “The Birds of Darkness”, dealing with political and social issues around the rise of the Moslem Brotherhood’s influence in the Egyptian judiciary. VMI, Lexington, VA. April 2011.
  • Panelist, “International Efforts to Combat Labor Trafficking” Academy for Educational Development (AED), Washington, D.C. June 2010
  • Interview on the radio show “Kan Ya Makan” on CKLN 88.1FM about the situation and struggles of migrant workers in the Arab world, July, 2008.
  • Panelist, panel discussion at the Global Forum on Migrant Workers in Abu Dhabi, January 2008 (http://www.ameinfo.com/144577.html andhttp://www.ameinfo.com/144719.html)
  • Panelist, “Worker rights are human rights”. Conference on Islam in America – Center for Global Peace, American University, Washington, DC, July 2008
  • Panelist, “Modern Day Slavery in the Middle East – the plight of migrant workers in the GCC and Yemen.” University of Michigan Law School, Middle East Law Student Association (MELSA) monthly meeting, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April, 2008
  • Panelist, “Egypt’s Elections 2005.”  VOA’s On-the-Line television program, Washington, D.C. September 2005 [http://www.voanews.com/uspolicy/archive/2005-09/2005-09-16-voa2.cfm]
  • Member of the Regional Advisors Committee for Freedom House’s publication/report Women’s Rights in the Middle East, Washington, D.C. 2005
  • Quoted in Washington Post article, “Unions Around World to Protest Iran’s Treatment of Bus Workers” By Nora Boustany, Wednesday, February 15, 2006; A18
  • Moderator, “Ensuring Democracy in an Age of Economic Transition.” Fourth Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy gathering, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2006.
  • Guest Speaker, “Building Blocks of Democracy” on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Washington, D.C. March 3, 2003.
  • Participated in a 14-member assessment mission to Iraq organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) between June 27 and July 6, 2003
  • Panelist, presentation titled “Important role of civil society organizations in promoting development and democracy in the Middle East.” World Bank’s Mediterranean Development Forum (MDF), Amman, Jordan in October 2002.
  • Presentation on Strategies to increase Women’s Global Leadership II in a course at the American University’s Women & Politics Institute, Women World Leaders, GOVT 580.02, Spring 2004.