Friday, 13 October 2006, 12:00 p.m.
Presented by Mefi Hermawanti, Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Ms. Hermawanti refers to Egypt as “The City of Glass.” Egypt is a place where Ms. Hermawanti sees her history, and as it were, her future. This past summer, Ms. Hermawanti had the unique opportunity to return to Egypt. She did so to pursue her graduate research. Upon arriving in Egypt, Ms. Hermawanti organized a number of interviews with important figures and scholars, including one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. Throughout her trip, Ms. Hermawanti kept a journal and took meticulous notes. This talk will be more of a conversation, a reflection on her personal experience traveling to Egypt and researching the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ms. Mefi Hermawanti was recipient of the Ford Foundation Award. Her Scholarly Interests include the Advancement of Civil Society, Political Islam, Democratization, and Decentralization and Conflict Resolution. After Viana was invited to pursue her studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and she is now resides at Arlington, VA. She pursuing her professional and academic career in Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.