“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
A discussion with Nermin Allam, Assistant Professor of Politics at Rutgers University-Newark; and Vickie Langohr, Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross.
Presented by the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University and the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, the We Live in Cairo Act II Series invites audience members to remain at the theater following select performances for a curated discussion. The discussions are free and open to ticket-holders of any performance, subject to availability.
Written by brothers Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour, We Live in Cairo is inspired by the young Egyptians who took to the streets in 2011 to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak. It follows six revolutionary students armed with laptops and cameras, guitars, and spray cans from the jubilation of Cairo's Tahrir Square where the Egyptian revolution unfolded through the tumultuous years that followed.
For tickets and more information, please contact A.R.T. Ticket Services at 617.547.8300.
The discussion will follow the 2:00pm performance at A.R.T. (Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge).
Nermin Allam is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Rutgers University-Newark. Before joining Rutgers, Allam held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Her areas of research interest include social movements, gender politics, Middle Eastern and North African studies, and political Islam. In her book, Women and the Egyptian Revolution (Cambridge, 2017), Allam tells the story of the 2011 uprising from the perspective of the women who participated, based on extensive interviews with female protestors and activists. The book offers an oral history of women’s engagement in this important historical juncture; it situates women’s experience within the socio-economic flows, political trajectories, and historical contours of Egypt.
Vickie Langohr is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross. Her work focuses on women’s rights in the Arab world and in countries transitioning to democracy and on movements against sexual harassment worldwide. Her publications include articles in the journals Comparative Politics, the Journal of Democracy, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Contemporary Studies in Society and History, and Middle East Report, as well as articles on “Monkey Cage,” the political science blog of The Washington Post. She has done archival research and fieldwork in India and in Egypt, where she lived for four years and did research most recently in January 2019.
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