Watch a video of stu­dents’ reac­tions to the sit­u­a­tion unfolding in Egypt.

The rev­o­lu­tion in Egypt has grasped the atten­tion of world leaders and global cit­i­zens. That pas­sion to explore and debate the issues facing the Middle Eastern nation is also evi­dent at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, where around 300 students,faculty, staff and others poured into a West Vil­lage con­fer­ence room Thursday for a lec­ture on the devel­oping sit­u­a­tion abroad.

The wave of anti-​​government protests in Egypt, including peaceful demon­stra­tions and vio­lent clashes, have been brewing for years, notably since the country’s 2005 elec­tions, said Denis Sul­livan. He directs Northeastern’s Inter­na­tional Affairs Pro­gram and the Middle East Center, which spon­sored the event.

Egypt and the Arab world will never be the same after today,” said Ilham Khuri-​​Makdisi, asso­ciate pro­fessor of his­tory and asso­ciate director of Middle East studies, who joined Sul­livan in leading the lec­ture. “This is truly monumental.”

Egypt’s his­toric moment has gripped the atten­tion of North­eastern stu­dents from all walks of life, including those orig­i­nally from the country. The event also exem­pli­fies Northeastern’s global vision and com­mit­ment to engaging the top issues affecting nations and cul­tures throughout the world.

After pro­viding his­tor­ical con­text, Sul­livan and Khuri-​​Makdisi — who have both led stu­dents on Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­grams to Egypt — fielded stu­dents’ ques­tions ranging from the reli­gious and eco­nomic impacts of the move­ment to the nation’s polit­ical future.

Stacy Fahren­thold, a doc­toral stu­dent in his­tory, teaches an intro­duc­tory course in Middle Eastern his­tory, and said many of her stu­dents attended the lecture.

It’s kind of like when the Berlin Wall fell,” said Fahren­thold, refer­ring to the sit­u­a­tion in Egypt. “This is our Berlin Wall moment.”