The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold a social sciences symposium to examine “The Reality of Arab Spring and Middle-East Politics” from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The symposium, which will feature retired Army Col. Wes Martin and Kamal Jabar, former cultural advisor to the U.S. forces in Iraq, will take place in the Lester and Barbara Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will include refreshments. A question and answer session will follow the formal presentations.

Martin and Jabar have worked closely together since 2005, when both were members of the U.S. forces in Iraq.

A retired active duty officer, Martin is now a member of the Pitt-Bradford faculty. He has testified numerous times before the U.S. congress and parliaments of Canada, Great Britain and the European Union about the current Middle-East situation. Martin also works closely with the Iranian resistance, striving to replace the religious extremist government of Iran with democracy.

Raised in Iraq, Jabar served with Kurdish fighters battling Saddam Hussein. Eventually, Jabar came to the United States with his family and became a U.S. citizen. He returned to Iraq with American forces and worked with senior officials of the U.S. and Iraqi government. He has just returned from Iraq.

Pitt-Bradford’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences is sponsoring the symposium. For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or