Monday, March 29th, 7:30pm, Smith Campus Center 208
Yemen burst onto headlines around the world Christmas Day 2009 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up an airplane with explosives hidden in his underwear. Days later, Yemeni authorities confirmed that Abdulmutallab spent several months in the country, supposedly to visit a local Al Qaeda affiliate who trained and equipped him for his failed bombing attempt.
As law enforcement around the world makes the presence of Al-Qaeda is a priority, there are many other pressing issues in Yemen’s future prospects. Its population is growing rapidly, its oil and water running out, and its central government occupied fighting the Sa’dah insurgency in the north. What has led Yemen to its current situation and where should they go from here? What should the United States do?
The person who will attempt to answer these questions for us is Brian O’Neill. A former writer and editor for the Yemen Observer. He is currently an independent analyst in Chicago. Brian has been published on Yemen in a number of publications including the CTC Sentinel, Jamestown Review and Jane’s Intelligence. He (until recently) wrote about Yemen on the blog Waq al-Waq (http://islamandinsurgencyinyemen.blogspot.com/).
President Obama campaigned on the premise that college should be within the reach of all Americans. He has since said that every American should pursue at least one year of higher education after high school. College applicant pools rise each year along with tuition. K-12 programs, politicians, and public figures continue to promulgate a “college for success” mindset. What is the real impact of this mindset? Should alternative career paths be expanded? Are non-college grads confined to a second-class lifestyle, or is the “college for all” mindset creating aimless graduates with mountains of debt and insufficient skills? In short, is college for everyone?
Join State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) President Paul Lingenfelter, American University Professor of Economics and Urban Institute Fellow Robert Lerman, and University of California Riverside Professor of Sociology Steven Brint for a discussion on these questions and more in Rose Hills Theater on Tuesday, March 9, at 8 pm.
Tuesday, March 9th, 8pm, Rose Hills Theater