USM forum addresses the Egyptian Revolution

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The Egyptian Revolution that started in January and ended two weeks ago with the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak has become an intense topic of study at universities and Southern Miss is no exception.

On February 21st, USM is hosting a public forum on the revolution and the conversation will be led by several members of the universities Egyptian community.

One of the panelists is Southern Miss freshman, Mohamed Ismail. He moved to Hattiesburg from Cairo, Egypt with his family nearly two years ago. Ismail's mother, Nagwa Megahed is a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at USM and she will also be a part of the panel discussion.

Ismail said his family back in Egypt were supportive of the political revolution, but due to the unrest in the country they were also concerned about criminal elements. Ismail hopes the current military government can incorporate a democracy to satisfy Egyptians desire for change.

"Everybody's perspective changed because at first some people thought it wasn't going to work out, or they weren't with it until they actually saw it's going to make a great change, rather than just word of mouth," said Ismail.

The forum on the Egyptian Revolution is taking place at Southern Miss's Liberal Arts building in room 108 Monday evening. The event starts at 6:30PM and it is free and open to the public.

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