Libya to be subject of next ‘Evenings with History’ lecture series

Dr. Katrina Yeaw, assistant professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Photo by Ben Krain.

Dr. Katrina Yeaw, assistant professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will give the talk, “Beyond Benghazi: A Brief History of Modern Libya,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Yeaw will summarize modern Libyan history with particular emphasis on the colonial period, the founding of Libya as a modern nation state, and the more recent Arab Spring. 

“In September 2012, members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia, carried out coordinated attacks against the American diplomatic compound and another government facility in Benghazi, Libya, resulting in the deaths of four Americans,” Yeaw said. “This tragedy has become central to American understanding of contemporary Libya, as well as influential to American politics.” 

Parking is available at the Historic Arkansas Museum parking lot at Third and Cumberland streets. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the talk at 7:30 p.m. The event is part of the University History Institute’s Evenings with History lecture series. 

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