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: 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, Oxford University.

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.