New Faculty: Hussein Shahidi
|Professor Hussein Shahidi
Though new to the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Professor
Hussein Shahidi is no stranger to AUB, having studied at the University
as an undergraduate in the 1970s. In fact, having worked in many countries
and in a number of different professions, he is a stranger to very little.
Born and raised in Iran, Shahidi left home to study electrical engineering
at AUB. Returning to Iran after graduating in 1972 and finding little
demand for his degree, he worked as a translator with British journalists.
He soon became a journalist himself, writing for an English newspaper
in Iran and, very much by chance, signed on with the BBC for over a decade.
At the BBC World Service in London, where he worked for five years, and
later during the six years he spent in the Central Newsroom, Shahidi developed
the skills of a writer, editor, and later a trainer and teacher. Shahidi's
eclectic academic and professional record never confuses him, however;
he assimilates and finds connections between his many interests and experiences.
While learning so much about the news business, Shahidi found himself
very interested in the impact of the media on society and specifically
the development of journalism in Iran. Finding himself unable to approach
these subjects from within a media organization, Shahidi left the BBC
in 1996 to pursue a graduate degree in journalism at St. Angelus College,
Professor Shahidi has trained journalists in Iran, taught radio journalism
in Palestine, and spent a year and a half working in the UNIFEM office
of Kabul in its first years of operation. Returning to AUB after a 28-year
hiatus, he notes that one of the major changes in the University is in
the educational approach, brought on by the plethora of readily available
information and electronic communications that have created a challenge
for both students and teachers when digging for substantive material.