Beirut-based Architectural Firm Wins Design Competition for Engineering Complex at AUB  
Trustee Philip Khoury Named MIT Associate Provost  
AUB and UAE Center Sign Agreement to Offer EMBA Program to Emirate Institutions  
Fourth AUB Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology  
New Faculty: Hussein Shahidi  
New Faculty: Kirsten Scheid  
New Faculty: Tima al Jamil  
Office of Grants and Contracts Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day  
Staff Profile: Ghaleb Halimi  
Fifth Annual FEA Student Conference Held  
Engineering Alumni Recognized for Outstanding Achievements  
Studying Biodiversity in Lebanon and the Region at AUB  
Construction Update  
Renovated AUB Archaeological Museum Inaugurated  
Renovated Pediatrics Clinic Opened  
Women's Rights Club Holds Conference on Gender and Sexuality  
Tenth Annual AUB Job Fair Largest Since Its Inception  
Letters from a New Campus by Daniel Bliss  
Winners of the Coca-Cola 'Make Every Word Count' Essay Competition Announced  
AUBMC Research Group Awarded NIH Grant  
Science Students Reveal Bonds Between Chemistry and Art  
Understanding the Political Economy of Islamic Movements  
Extreme Makeover: AUB Graduate Transforms Gulf Television  
Science, Math, and Technology Fair Promotes Environmental Thinking  
School Fair 2006: Prospective AUB Students Visit Campus  
Situation of the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon  
Remembering the Writer, Khalil Takieddine  
Promotions 2005-2006  
Piano Recital by Arnimée Choukassizian  
Lecture on Space Exploration by World Expert  
Teleconferencing Brings Students Together Across Continents  
"Something Is Happening": Fairuz and Ziad Al Rahbani  
Cultural Genocide and Assyrian Cultural Survival  
Lecture on the History and Origins of American Islamicism  
Business School and Arts and Sciences Team Wins Soccer Championship Match by Narrow Margin  
  Red Cross Club Celebrates its 26th Anniversary at AUB
 
  History of the American University of Beirut: A New CASAR Course
 
  First Stereo-photography Exhibit at AUB  
  Photo Exhibition by President John Waterbury  
  The Cats of Renée Deek: End-of-Year Theater Workshop Performance  
  Film on Euthanasia-A True Story  
  Part Two of the CVSP Forum  
  Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said  
  Mozart and Schumann Celebrated at Assembly Hall  
  Austrian Chamber Music Duo Performs at AUB  
  Mathematician Alain Connes Visits AUB  
  Rima Khcheich Concert Plays to Sold-out Crowds at Assembly Hall
 
  Women's Auxiliary  
  33rd Annual Folk Dance Festival Hosts 20 Performing Schools  
June 2006 Vol. 7 No. 8


New Faculty: Kirsten Scheid

Professor Kirsten Scheid

Although Kirsten Scheid is new to the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, she is not new to AUB, nor to Lebanon. She spent a semester at AUB in 1993, and during her visits to the country during the past decade, she has been active in outreach and research projects related to the development of Lebanon's art communities.

After completing her degree in art history (with a minor in anthropology) at Columbia University in 1991, Scheid departed the United States to spend a semester in Ramallah, Palestine, at the University of Birzeit and another at AUB in 1993. During that time, her interest in the art communities of developing nations became her focus. She then returned to the US to pursue her graduate studies at Princeton University, where she completed both a master's and a PhD in anthropology.

Scheid's marriage to a Lebanese, combined with her intense interest in the study of art communities in the Middle East, brought her back in 1996 to settle permanently in Beirut. She explains that the local artists she worked with inspired her to address how art is perceived and defined and how it can be of benefit to society. She recalls that she kept hearing Lebanese artists say things like, "We don't have culture here." In her opinion, the fact that art is so strictly defined in "high art" terms restricts a lot of creativity in developing nations, limiting the possibilities for confidence-building in individuals, communities, and cultures. Seeking to encourage local artists to define art in their terms and in their language, Scheid helped found the community, Nadi al-Saaha, and has published a series of children's books in Arabic using the talents of local artists.

When asked what her hobbies are, Scheid responds, "Boycotting." This is not surprising, considering that her research involves much social activism. When she's not teaching, researching, or raising her daughter, Scheid enjoys supporting local agricultural efforts and staying active in political projects.