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Political Economy Summer Institute: Two Public Events | GMU

This weekend, the Political Economy Project is holding its second annual Political Economy Summer Institute (PESI) at George Mason University. The summer institute brings together some two dozen participants (both graduate students/researchers and instructors) for four intense days of instruction and engagement. 

Around the summer institute, we are holding two public events. One is a keynote lecture on Oilcraft by Robert Vitalis, and the other is a panel on the Political Econnomy of the Arab Uprisings.

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Political Economy Summer Institute 

Two Public Events  |  GMU

Keynote Lecture by Robert Vitalis
Sunday, 11 June, 6:45 PM
Merten Hall 1201
The Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings
 Monday, 12 June, 6 PM
Merten Hall 1202
Sandra Halperin
Reflections on Political Resistance & the Roots of Power
Joel Beinin
Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt
Bassam Haddad
Political-Economy and the Roots of the Syrian Uprising
Shana Marshall
The Military and the State
Moderator: Sherene Seikaly
Discussant: Samer Abboud
The Political Economy Summer Institute is in its second consecutive year of operation here at George Mason University. These public events are presented by the Arab Studies Institute and Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and co-sponsored by Philosophy and Political Economy, Schar School of Policy and Government, Center for Global Islamic Studies, History Department, and Global Affairs. 


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