Nicolas Ziadeh's Memorial Ceremony: A Meeting Akin to a Miracle
|Samir Seikaly at the podium
A memorial service commemorating the life of Nicolas Ziadeh, the late
historian and AUB honorary professor of history, was held at Assembly
Hall on December 2 - the birthday of Ziadeh who passed away on July 27,
Among those who gathered to attend the service were Former Lebanese Minister
Karam Karam representing the Lebanese President, Parliamentarian Ghassan
Tueni, and AUB Trustees Ali Ghandour and Farouk Jabre, along with AUB
President John Waterbury and the deans, faculty, students, and friends
of Nicolas Ziadeh.
The ceremony's chaperone Michel Jeha recounted a brief biography of Nicolas
Ziadeh. President Waterbury, who highlighted the fact that Nicolas Ziadeh
witnessed two world wars, half a dozen regional wars, and two Lebanese
civil wars, passed away during the Israeli war on Lebanon this summer.
The president concluded by saying that "our meeting today is more
like a miracle."
The speakers at the ceremony included Ambassador Khaled Ziadeh, who gave
the speech of Lebanese Minister of Culture Tarek Mitri; as well as Adnan
Bakheet, Muhammad Kajja, Samir Seikaly, Wajih Kawtharani, Anis Sayegh,
and Henry Zoughaib.
At the end of the ceremony, a book of writings about Nicolas Ziadeh and
his death was distributed to the attendees.