Since the events of January 2011, the clamor for change and opportunity has continued to sweep not only through the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. In the past year, popular uprisings have swept across the United States, too, in the various "occupy" movements, and we’ve seen ordinary citizens stand up to authoritarian systems considered to be unjust. This panel will discuss comparisons, connections, and possible lessons to be learned from global crises and these widespread pro-democracy movements. Panelists include Salam al-Marayati, Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC); Juan Campo, Department of Religious Studies and Center for Middle East Studies; Nour M’rabet, Tunisian Fulbright FLTA, Department of Religious Studies; William I. Robinson, Department of Sociology; and moderator Kathleen M. Moore, professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Religious Studies. Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and the Religious Studies Department.