MEDIA ADVISORY: USC Expert Panel to Discuss Syrian Crisis

September 17, 2013

Thursday panel will also discuss uprisings in Egypt and other Middle Eastern states.

Contact: Andrew Good at 213-740-8606 or

WHAT: A panel discussion of recent crises in Syria, Egypt and across the Middle East. Causes and resolutions to the conflict, diplomatic relations and the impact on regional politics will be discussed.

WHOSarah Gualtieri, Associate Professor of History and American Studies and Ethnicity at the USC Dornsife College. She is director of the College’s Middle East Studies Program, as well as an expert on the modern Middle East, Islamic history and Middle Eastern diasporas and immigrants.

Laurie Brand, Robert Granford Wright Professor and Professor of International Relations, School of International Relations at the USC Dornsife College. Brand is an expert on the politics and culture of the Middle East. She’s preparing to publish a book on how state narratives in Egypt and Jordan have evolved over decades of regime change.

Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the USC Dornsife College. Jackson is an expert on Islam, Islamic law and Islamic culture.

Wayne Sandholtz, John A. McCone Chair in International Relations and Professor of International Relations and Law at the USC Dornsife College.

Fayez Hammad, Lecturer in Political Science at the USC Dornsife College.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: USC’s Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240