May 2011

Gaddafi, the Revolutions,
and the Future of Libya
Dr. Reem Shafi

Tuesday, May 17, 5:30-8:30pm
The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash


Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30
followed by discussion and more cocktails.    
$40 includes drinks, two cigars, and sandwiches. 
Reservations are required.

A brief on Libya: In February 2011, the people of eastern Libya in Benghazi (the second largest city) rebelled and formed the epicenter of a resistance movement.  The city became the scene of the largest protests in the history of Libya. The former "Kingdom Of Libya flag (a tri-color with a crescent and a star) is now being used by many protestors as an opposition flag to Gaddafi's plain green flag. Demonstrators against Colonel Gaddafi were also seen carrying images of King Idris I (who was overthrown by Col. Gaddafi in 1969) as well as those of Omar Mukhtar (who fought as a freedom fighter against the Italian colonial forces).  Benghazi is the temporary headquarters of a provisional opposition government.   Dr. Shafi, who grew up in Libya during Gaddafi's regime, will share her personal views about who is behind the rebellion that has not only rocked Libya but resulted in the steep rise on the price of oil and politically galvanizing the forces of change in the Middle East.

Dr. Reem Shafi was born on a bright, sunny winter day on December 9th 1968 in the capitol of Libya Tripoli. Her father practiced dentistry and worked for the Ministry of Health in the now rebel-held city of Benghazi. After completing her schooling in Benghazi, she went to Pakistan to earn her bachelor's degree, spending two years in Islamabad. In 1991 she married Sohail Shafi in Huddersfield, London and moved to the US, which is now her home. In 1994 she decided to pursue her dreams of becoming a dentist. She graduated in 1998 from Temple Universitys Kornberg School of Dentistry. She practices and owns 18 practices in and around the Chicagoland area. Dr. Shafi is the proud mother of twin boys who are 17 years old and a 10 year old daughter.



Coming up

Tuesday, May 24
Emmy and Telly award winner Alfred Rasho on Making Documentary Films.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash.

In June thru August the Cigar Society will meet every nice Tuesday at the Ceres Cafe, outdoors, next to the Board of Trade Building and Jack Schwartz cigars.


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