Issues and Activism in Sudan
September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
In 2019, Sudan has seen uprisings that led to the ousting of President Omar Bashir. The story does not end there as wide-scale demonstrations continue and grassroots organizers mobilize the people of Sudan to work towards a democratic transition of power and away from a militarized state and further human rights violations. In this expert panel, we hear from Sudanese-American activists and academics, Dr. Khalid Medani and Dr. Dimah Mahmoud, on their perspectives on what are the main issues at hand right now in Sudan and how are Sudanese people organizing to negotiate a better future for their country. We will hear from Dr. Medani and Dr. Mahmoud, followed by a time of question and answers from the audience.
About the Panelists
Dimah Mahmoud is a humanist, activist, and passionate change-make and co-founder of The Nubia Initiative. Her extensive interdisciplinary expertise in research, political analysis and project management are reflected in the diverse conferences she organised as well as the initiatives and collaborations she spearheaded through The Generator, an independent consultancy she established in 2014. Her work contributes to advancing social, political and economic sustainable development in Africa and the Middle East. She facilitated and consulted for the League of Arab States, the Arab America Foundation, Massimedia, El Karma and EURAXESS North America among others. Prior to this, Dimah was the Interim Executive Director of Bridges of Understanding Foundation, during which she helped launch it onto its current forward trajectory: emphasizing the necessity of youth-targeted educational programming as part of the effort to catalyze an effective, long-lasting paradigm shift.
Khalid Medani is an assistant professor of political science and Islamic studies at McGill University. His published research addresses ethnic conflict, urban politics and the Islamist movement in Sudan, the question of informal finance and terrorism in Somalia, and the obstacles to state building in Iraq. He has also worked as a researcher at the Brookings Institution and served as a research consultant on humanitarian issues for a number of United Nations agencies in the Horn of Africa, such as conducting an evaluation of U.N. and nongovernmental organizations’ humanitarian relief efforts in Northern and Western Darfur, Sudan. He received a BA in development studies from Brown University, an MA in Arab studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, and an MA and PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.