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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


Film on Euthanasia-A True Story

Listed on the same program with technical lectures on various topics in medicine and biology, Alejandro Amenábar's "The Sea Inside" found screening time in the program of the Middle East Medical Convention (MEMA). Though not a scientific movie, this moving dramatization of Ramon Sampedro's life depicts the many ethical issues and varying viewpoints on the topic of euthanasia. The film served as a powerful way of approaching some important ethical issues in the medical field and provided a springboard for discussions on related topics.

Ramon Sampedro became a quadriplegic at the age of 26. Using his still very active mind, he began to fight for what he believed would bring him freedom and peace: his death. It was Sampedro's belief that life is a right and not an obligation, and that the individual should be allowed to exercise one's right to live or die. He fought extensive legal battles over the many questions that such a controversial topic inevitably involves. He also spoke out through his writings. Both his legal and literary efforts are depicted in the film, as are the different reactions of his friends and family.

"The Sea Inside" makes it clear that the right to die is not a quitter's way out. Sampedro was an activist, even while trapped in an inactive body. MEMA participants became actively engaging in discussion over the issue. In a question and answer session following the screening, members of the audience were asked to fill out a survey indicating how their knowledge or opinion towards euthanasia had changed because of the film.