Akram Khater will give a presentation entitled, "Arab Spring: Its Implications for American Foreign Policy" at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Akram Khater will give a presentation entitled, “Arab Spring: Its Implications for American Foreign Policy” at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Khater is professor of History at North Carolina State University, director of Middle East Studies Program and director of the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies.

A native of Lebanon, he earned a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and holds a master’s degree and Ph.D in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, Berkeley, respectively.

His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921, and A History of the Middle East: A Sourcebook for the History of the Middle East and North Africa, and Embracing the Divine: Passion and Politics in the Christian Middle East.

Currently he is producing a PBS documentary on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina. He has published articles and reviews and has made presentations throughout the United States and internationally.

He has also obtained fellowships from the National Humanities Center, American Philosophical Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, Council of American Overseas Research Centers.