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King University News :: American Photojournalist to Present First-Hand Account of Arab Spring

American photojournalist Joel Carillet will present his first-hand account of the Arab Spring in Egypt as he saw it through his perceptive eyes and camera lens. Two opportunities are available to attend Carillet's lecture - Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Kline Hall room 121 on the King College campus in Bristol, Tenn.

Prepare for some powerful images and amazing stories from one of recent history's most monumental events, said Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, instructor and coordinator of the Security and Intelligence Studies program at King College.

In January of 2011, as the Arab Spring revolution was erupting in Egypt, most Westerners were leaving the country. American photojournalist Joel Carillet did exactly the opposite. He purchased an airline ticket to Cairo and flew there in an empty plane, sitting alongside ABC News correspondent Katie Couric and news anchor David Muir.

Over the next six weeks, Joel witnessed the Arab Spring first hand, taking thousands of pictures, some of which are included in the book Messages from Tahrir: Signs from Egypt's Revolution. He also wrote about his experience in an article for the magazine of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The article, entitled, Rocks, Fear, and a Giant Roar in the Land of the Pyramids, can be viewed at

Joel Carillet's lectures are hosted by the King College Security and Intelligence Studies Group (KSI). Co-sponsoring the event are King's Photography program and the Performing and Visual Arts Department. For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014 or