Hot Topics

The SHSU Political Engagement Project Committee, along with the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and the American Democracy Project, will be presenting the first-ever Hot Topics Panel.

The title of the interactive panel is “The Middle East: What You Need to Know.”

SHSU students and faculty, as well as members of the Huntsville community, are welcome to attend this free discussion on the United States and the Middle East.

The forum will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Olson Auditorium, which is located in AB IV.

Three SHSU professors are on the Hot Topics Panel. History professor Dr. Nick Pappas, political science professor Dr. Masoud Kazemzadeh and foreign language professor Dr. Yasser Djazaerly will be participating in the discussion.

Marine Corps veteran Brigadier General Harold Fruchtnicht, who served in the Marines for 34 years, will also be a member of the panel.

These panelists were chosen due to their extensive knowledge of politics and Middle Eastern culture.

The Hot Topics Panel will begin with short presentations about the religion, politics, culture, history, and military in the Middle East from each of the panelists. There will then be a 20-minute question and answer session followed by an opportunity to ask one-on-one questions.

Political Science professor Dr. Mike Yawn encourages students to attend this informative discussion.

“It’s a great way to learn more about an important part of the country without a lot of investment in preparation or time,” Yawn said.

The Political Engagement Project, or PEP, is a program created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

SHSU is one of nine schools nationwide that was selected to be a part of this program. PEP strives to increase students’ political knowledge, expand participation in politics and promote political leadership at the college level.

There are several organizations working alongside PEP: College Republicans, Bearkat Democrats, Priority One Public Relations, and the Political Science Junior Fellows. Student involvement with any of these organizations is highly recommended.

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