The Arab Spring as Told through Graffiti [F-14-8]

Presenter: Gisele El Khoury
Location: SLU: Carnegie 10
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Thu 10:00 AM 10/09
Status: CLOSED

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The Arab Spring led to a number of regime changes in the Middle East (Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Egypt) and dramatic shifts in the political landscape across the Arab World. In our modern image-sharing world, it was no surprise that western newspapers were publishing politically relevant street art from across the region. During the Arab Spring, artists say city walls were often the only places where they could talk back to tyrants. In this presentation, we will go over the main events that shaped the Arab Spring by looking at some of the most important graffiti.

Gisele El Khoury holds an M.A. in Law from Lebanese University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Educational Technology. She is the director of the Language Resource Center and also the Arabic instructor at SLU. She has previously taught Arabic courses at the University of New Hampshire and also at SUNY Potsdam.


  • - link to interactive "Telling the story of the Arab Spring through grafitti. (interactive map)

Cap: 30

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