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Egyptian Parliamentarian Abdul Mawgoud Dardery will present a lecture addressing the Arab Spring of 2011 on Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 308 of the Administration Building on Seton Hill University’s hilltop campus. This event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend.

Dardery, who is recognized as a master of academic discourse, culture and diplomacy, is an assistant professor of cultural studies and critical discourse in the English department at South Valley University in Luxor, Egypt, and a member of the Egyptian Parliament. For the last two decades, he has taught in the United States and Middle East. In 2005, Dardery taught at Seton Hill University as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar and addressed Islamic religion and culture.

“…We were delighted with the work he [Dardery] accomplished among us. Students and faculty alike were very struck by his eloquent and gentle presence. He is an excellent representative of Muslim life and thought,” said Fran Leap, Ph.D., associate professor, religious studies. “His work and presence made a deep impression. Even now, some will make reference to conversations they had with him in class or hallway situations.”

Dardery earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Assiut, Egypt. He obtained both his Master of Arts degree in English literature and Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.