(April 21, 2014) --The UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography will host a presentation, "The Troubled Legacy of the Arab Spring," at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 24 in the H-E-B University Center Hidalgo Room (2.214) on the UTSA Main Campus.
The event will feature presentations by Mansour El-Kikhia, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography and Sahar F. Aziz, associate professor of law at the Texas A&M University School of Law.
A native Libyan, El-Kikhia joined UTSA in 1989 and specializes in international relations and comparative politics with emphasis on the Middle East. He has published two books on Libyan politics and human rights, authored more than 200 columns, articles and chapters, and made presentations on international topics all over the world. Additionally, his weekly columns on international issues are published worldwide.
Recognized as a media expert in his field, El-Kikhia has appeared on CNN's "In the Arena," Fox News' "Geraldo at Large," PBS' "News Hour" and "The Tavis Smiley Show," Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart and Al Jazeera. El-Kikhia has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today, and also appeared on international broadcasts by Australian, Brazilian, Canadian, German, Italian and Spanish media outlets.
Fluent in several languages, El-Kikhia has testified before the United States Congress, the European Parliament, United Nations specialized committees, and domestic and foreign governmental agencies.
Before joining UTSA, El-Kikhia held positions at the University of California at Riverside and the University of Arizona at Tucson. He received his bachelor of arts in political science from the American University of Beirut and his master's and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Sahar Aziz serves as an associate professor of law and teaches courses in national security, civil rights litigation, national security and race in a post-9/11 America, torts, and Islamic and Middle East law.
Before Texas A&M, Aziz was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and taught courses in national security and civil rights law. She also served as a senior policy adviser for the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security, specializing in law and policy at the intersection of national security and civil rights. Aziz began her legal career as an associate at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., and conducted internal white-collar crime investigations as well as an independent investigation on child trafficking in the Persian Gulf.
She has been featured on CNN, CSPAN, Russia Today and Al Jazeera America. Additionally, her numerous commentaries have been published in The New York Times, CNN.com, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post and The Guardian.
Aziz received her Juris Doctorate degree and Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a board member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association.
For more information, contact Yadira Gutierrez at 210-458-6706.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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