How Western-educated youth become radicalized topic of Middle Eastern forum

April 2, 2015 | Events, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
By Kevin Bucher

The Center of Middle Eastern Studies and the Asian Studies Institute will present “Islam and Muslims in Central Asia: Why Some Western-Educated Muslim Youth Become Radicalized” Tuesday, April 7.

The free, public event will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Student Union Room 2582.

Scheduled to speak are Dr. Gaby Semaan, UT assistant professor of foreign languages, and Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, UT professor emeritus of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and UT Board of Trustees member.

“This is a very important issue for parents and our children to be aware of; hopefully this forum will bring attention to the severity of the issue,” said Dr. Gene Chang, UT professor of economics and director of the Asian Studies Institute.

Hussain and Semaan will talk about what causes Western-educated youth to become radicalized and how we can help prevent it, Chang said.

“We are curious about why they become radicalized. We know the fact that some youth become radicalized, but we don’t know the reasons,” Chang said. “It is a very important topic in our society, and I think everyone would benefit from learning more about the issue.”

Light snacks and a reception will be provided from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Chang at or Linda Curtis at

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