Moroccan Scholar Visits College

Oct. 18, 2011

On Tuesday, October 18, Moroccan scholar Dr. Larbi Touaf visited Saint Augustine's University to participate in a panel discussion on the Muslim world's youth-led revolutions.

"Dr. Larbi Touaf is a scholar who is also engaged in supporting democracy in his country, Morocco," said Dr. Lucy Melbourne. "I invited him to Saint Augustine's University because, having lived there myself for several years, I knew he was the perfect spokesperson for showing our students parallels between two youth-led movements: the Arab Spring in North Africa and the civil rights movement in the United States. Both movements are and were a struggle for human rights that should inspire and empower our students."

Touaf has a Ph.D. from Brown University, is chair of the English department at the University of Oujda, Morocco, has numerous publications, and worked with Melbourne as co-editor of the book "Voices of Moroccan Youth." He is currently a state department sponsored fellow at Syracuse University.