Last week, off-campus groups hosted a much discussed Free Speech Week at UC Berkeley. A number of questions were raised by the subsequent protests and counter-protests that engulfed the university. Are American college campuses open or exclusionary spaces? Should any ideas or individuals be stigmatized in a university setting? In this weeks MENA Salon we will reflect upon the ways in which globalization, Islamophobia, and the War on Terror shape the norms that undergird campus life.
Recommended reading available here: http://cmes.berkeley.edu/mena-salon/
Every Friday in the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.