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Middle East / North Africa unrest to be discussed at April 16 presentation

"Understanding the Crisis in North Africa and the Middle East" is the topic for a set of presentations scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. in Las Cruces.

The event kicks off the Las Cruces Fulbright Conference, "Global Education and Exchange: New Mexico at the Crossroads," sponsored by New Mexico State University and funded in part by a grant from the Fulbright Association.

Scheduled to speak are Kenton W. Keith, a retired U.S. ambassador who served in several countries in the region; Kebir Ammi, a Paris-based Moroccan novelist who is currently a Fulbright scholar at the University of New Mexico; and Nader Ayadi, an NMSU graduate student from Tunisia whose studies are supported by a Fulbright fellowship. Ayadi's film "Vive le Cinema," which addresses the preservation of movie theaters in Tunisia, will be shown.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so anyone interested in attending should contact the NMSU Honors College at 575-646-2005 to find out more and to reserve a space.

Additional details about the entire three-day conference will be available soon.