December 2005, Vol. 7 No. 2
Appointment of Dr. Ghassan Hamadeh
Prominent Arab-American Rights Activist Lectures on Islamophobia
Appointment of Dr. Thurayya Arayssi
Business School Lecture on Corporate Governance
Women’s League Meeting
Professor Samir Makdisi to Serve Again on Global Network Board
Human Resources Developments
University Senate Meeting of June 22
September Senate Notes
New Mission Statement
Dean Daghir Steps Down from Deanship
Recently Published: Comparing Media from Around the World
John Rhoder Leaves AUB
Prominent Saudi Businessman Receives AUB Distinguished Alumnus Award
Fading Poetry of Old Lebanese Houses: Art Project by Joe Saleh
Tips for Saving the Planet
Art Club Celebrates Art Day
Jafet Library Displays the Earliest Photographs of AUB Campus
Democracy, culture, and peace were the three main issues addressed in the seminar held on October 30 by the International Center for Human Sciences to discuss ways and means of implementing democracy in African countries. The center is based in Jbeil and maintains institutional links internationally.
The seminar took place under the patronage of Lebanese Minister of Culture Tarek Mitri, who delivered the welcoming address. The event was moderated by Theodore Hanf, AUB visiting professor of political science at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (PSPA).
Minister Mitri spoke briefly on democracy in Lebanon and emphasized that revival of the Lebanese collective memory is an important factor in achieving real democracy in the country. South African writer Brightenbach then expressed his views on the subject as related to Africa, saying that a possible way for democracy to succeed and flourish there was for the people to accept diversity in order to achieve a future common identity.
In addition to Hanf, other PSPA faculty members also participated in the roundtable discussion that ensued on the factors that can hamper democracy in Africa.