Dean’s Forum on Current Events in Libya


KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 29, 2011) — On Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in the midst of a continuing struggle between forces loyal to Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi and pro-democracy forces in Libya, the Department of Political Science and International Affairs held an informative Dean’s Forum discussing the unfolding events.

The event featured speakers from the faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, who addressed a range of issues and background relevant for a fuller understanding of the events in Libya. A highlight of the forum was a question and answer period to engage the audience in an open dialogue. The event was held in the Atrium of the Social Science Building on campus and was open to all faculty, staff, students and the community. The event was sponsored by the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Richard Vengroff. Approximately 75 people attended the forum.

Professor Steve Collins offered background and a context for changes in Libya, Professor Steve McKelvey spoke about the role of NATO and US involvement in the region, Professor Amir Azarvan spoke about the human rights dimension and Professor Nuru Akinyemi addressed implications for the region/continent/world. A student panel featuring representatives from the Turkish Student Association, the Muslim Student Association and the Global Society organization offered their perspectives on the situation in Libya. Also PhD students Samy Gerges and Chux Ibekwe from the International Conflict Management Program offered their analysis and insight on events in Libya.

“The event was well attended and the views presented offered all attendees a solid perspective of history, context, implications and future prospects stemming from events in Libya.” commented Department Chairman Robert W. Smith. “Moreover the positive comments received after and during the event highlight that Kennesaw State is a globally engaged campus that cares about and follows events not only in the Atlanta metro area, and across Georgia, but around the world.” Smith continued.