Invited Speakers

Keynote speakers:

Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three and a half decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, July 2014). He also authored Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and many other books. He has translated works of Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. He has been a regular guest on PBS's Lehrer News Hour, and has also appeared on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes All Inn, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others. He has given many radio and press interviews. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has written about the upheavals in the Arab World since 2011, including about Sunni extremist groups and Shiite politics. He has a regular column at Truthdig. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, and continues to travel widely there.
Mohammed el-Nawawy
Mohammed el-Nawawy

Mohammed el-Nawawy is a professor of International Communication and Middle Eastern studies at Queens University of Charlotte. He teaches international communication, mass communication, media globalization and Middle Eastern media courses. His areas of expertise and research interests are focused on the new media, particularly satellite channels and the Internet, and their impact on the global public sphere in general and the Arab public sphere in particular. He is also interested in issues of public diplomacy and ways of initiating effective dialogue between the East and the West. He is the author and co-author of six books: Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism by Palgrave Macmillan (2013); Islam dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace by Palgrave Macmillan (2009); Mediating conflict: Al Jazeera English and the possibility of a conciliatory media by Figueroa Press (2008); Al-Jazeera: The story of the network that is rattling governments and redefining modern journalism by Westview Press (2003); Al-Jazeera: How the free Arab news network scooped the world and changed the Middle East by Westview Press (2002); and The Israeli-Egyptian peace process in the reporting of Western journalists by Greenwood Publishers (2002). He has also published in several scholarly, peer-reviewed national and foreign journals in the international communication field. His work on Arab media has attracted the attention of the popular press inside and outside the United States. He has been interviewed by several prestigious media organizations, such as the The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN and NPR. He is the founding and senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Middle East Media and serves on the editorial boards of Media, War and Conflict journal, Journalism Education journal and Global Media Journal. He is also the president of the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators. Dr. el-Nawawy has professional journalistic experience in the United States and the Middle East. This experience included working for renowned media outlets such as the Associated Press and The Baltimore Sun. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in journalism and mass communication at the American University in Cairo. He has a doctorate degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Telhami has served as an Advisor to the US Mission to the UN (1990-91), an Advisor to former Congressman Lee Hamilton (1990), and Senior Advisor to the US Special Envoy George Mitchell (2009-2011). His best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East, was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003. In addition, his most recent book, The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East, was published in 2013. Telhami was selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York along with the New York Times as one of the "Great Immigrants" for 2013. Telhami is also a recipient of the University of Maryland’s Honors College 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award.


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