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Notes from Tunisia: Life in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

September 10, 2012

Prof. Winchester in Tunisia

San Diego Law Professor to Recount Work in Birthplace of Arab Spring

Richard Winchester, a professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law will give a public lecture on Tuesday, September 18, to recount his 7-month assignment working in Tunisia, the country that gave birth to the Arab Spring. 

He will be speaking about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Tunisia on September 14, and the worsening situation there. He will also share his observations on the climate in Tunis toward America and Americans.  Read His Blog

Professor Winchester spent the first half of 2012 teaching a course called Financing International Trade at the University of Carthage as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. His assignment began one year after the country’s longtime dictator fled to Saudi Arabia following a revolution that inspired a wave of popular uprisings throughout the Arab world.

While in Tunisia, Professor Winchester bore witness to the country’s efforts to draft a new constitution following the election of a transitional government.  He also saw first hand the social, economic and cultural factors that are complicating the country’s ability to navigate its way through the transition.

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 18, from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Avenue, San Diego, and is free and open to the public.  It is hosted by the law school’s International Law Society.

Professor Winchester will also speak at Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C.,on Friday, September 28, along with Amed Meziou, who is a Tunisian lawyer and the 2012 recipient of the American Studies grant jointly sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia and the Center for Magrhib Studies in Tunis.