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2/27/2012 || McGaw Chapel, 340 East University, Wooster

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Robin Wright

The Arab Spring: One Year Later

Robin Wright has reported from more than a 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs and others. She has been a fellow at Yale, Duke, Stanford, Brookings, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and The U.S. Institute of Peace. Her latest book is Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World (Simon and Schuster, 2011). The L.A. Times said of Rock the Casbah: "Anyone seeking deeper understanding of the Arab Spring needs to read Wright's formidably well-informed book."

User: mmgant22
Comment: As a local high school student, I found Ms. Wright's speech to be quite an insightful opportunity. I became aware of truly how unaware myself and the majority of my generation is about the many situations in the Middle East. Ms. Wright's intake on Syria, Tunisia and Libya opened my eyes on the significance of being more informed on foreign policy and to be appreciative of what freedoms and opportunities I have in the United States. The importance of Hip-Hop and Rap in these countries with artists such as El General from Tunisia really gained my attention. This is an aspect in American society that many people take for granted, and for it to be banned in countries because of the support that it rallied, is something that is seemingly unrealistic to me, and hard to understand that people just across the Atlantic Ocean are living under completely different conditions and rules. Overall i found the speech to be very insightful and I learned a lot of information that I will use in the near future as I continue my education.
User: kaytay94
Comment: Hello, I am a Junior at Wooster High School. After attending Robin Wright's presentation The Arab Spring: One Year Later and the live blog session featuring Rami Khouri via web cam, I am enriched and better informed on the topic of turmoil in the middle east. I was somewhat awestruck by the opportunity to learn from and listen to such esteemed journalists who truly know and experience the stories covered first hand. Prior to the event, I had some knowledge of what was happening in the middle east but the topics discussed during both sessions provided insightful views which were informative as well as eye opening. Wright's premiss of the media fostering revolution in these countries with literate, youthful populations was strong and included many interesting examples of the changes occurring in this region. I truly enjoyed my evening during the Great Decisions event and hope to attend others in the future.
User: badboy4life93
Comment: As a current student at Wooster High School, I attended Robin Wright's speech about the Arab Spring. I feel that the information was presented well, and in a way that was able to grab, and hold my attention. Ms. Wright hit her points from a way that grasped my attention intellectually and emotionally. I was very impressed with how much I enjoyed this speech and cannot wait to see what she achieves in the future.
User: sizzlerrain
Comment: hello Robin Wright, I was one of the Wooster high school students who went to see you speak at the McGaw Chapel in Wooster on February 27th. I had little awareness of what was going on in the Middle East currently, until i went to hear you talk. Unfortunately, it seems that not very many people are informed about the Middle East and what goes on there. Your lecture has inspired me to learn more about the Middle East. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences.
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