College of Arts and Sciences Forum, Ohio University
February 1, 5 p.m. in Porter 100
About the Speaker
Whilst working in Syria Amr Al-Azm was a first hand observer and sometime participant of the reform processes instigated by Bashar Al-Assad thus gaining insights into how they were enacted and why more often than not they failed. Furthermore he is an outspoken member of the Syrian opposition and a keen follower and commentator on current events in Syria and the Middle East in general. He has appeared as a Syria expert on leading television networks, including the CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, PBS and his voice can be heard regularly on NPR. He has written articles in numerous journals, and major media outlets including guest editorials for the New York Times and Time Magazine. Amr Al-Azm is a founder and board member on The Day After project (TDA) and currently coordinates the Heritage Protection Initiative (HPI) for cultural heritage protection at the TDA. He is also a senior advisor the ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives team.Amr Al Azm is Associate Professor of Middle East History and Anthropology at Shawnee State University. He was the Director of Scientific and Conservation Laboratories at the General Department of Antiquities and Museums (1999-2004) and taught at the University of Damascus until 2006.