Each week of the four week series features two guests who will each choose a "mediated" item - a tweet, YouTube video, article or an image - to kick off a lively and informative interview that will hopefully demystify the tangled events occurring in the region, taking you behind the news to the stories of ordinary people and their history and experience of this complex, and often misunderstood, region.
Starts: Sept. 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick
Format: Presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
SyriaSept. 10, 2014
Brian Stoddart: Former Vice-Chancellor and Emeritus Professor at La Trobe and higher education advisor on World Bank, Asian development bank and EU development projects in the Middle East and Southeast Asia Firas Massouh: Arabic translator and writer who is currently finishing his Masters dissertation on Syrian political dissident Yassin al Haj SalehLoading the recording...
LebanonOct. 16, 2014
Mazen Hajjar: 961 beer founder and brewer Manelle Chawk: Human rights lawyer and ultra-marathon runnerLoading the recording...
Israel/PalestineOct. 23, 2014
Samah Sabawi: Palestinian Australian Canadian writer and human rights advocate Eli Glasman: Jewish writer and author of the novel The Boy's Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew
IranOct. 30, 2014
Amin Ansari: PhD candidate at Flinders University, author and manager of Greens’ Art website; the most comprehensive online archive and exhibition of artworks related to the Green Movement of Iran Linda Briskman: Professor of Human Rights at Swinburne University of Technology and refugee advocate