New Literature Program Fosters Cultural Dialogue
The spirit of Anis Khoury Makdisi, a wide-ranging scholar, writer, poet, and teacher at AUB for 40 years, lives on in AUB’s recently inaugurated interdisciplinary program in literary studies. An initial gift was given to start endowment support of the program, named after the man who influenced the intellectual growth of thousands of students until his retirement in 1950.
The aim of The Anis Khoury Makdisi Program in Literature is to develop literary and humanistic studies at AUB, encouraging an openness to different cultural forms and traditions in literature. It will foster intellectual dialogue and scholarly exchange among members of different AUB departments, their students, and visiting scholars. It will also extend the dialogue to various academic communities in Lebanon. In addition, two student scholarships will be awarded annually.
The Khoury Program in Literature is an exciting addition to AUB. It underscores AUB’s commitment to excellence in scholarship at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels and its desire to promote cultural dialogue and the exchange of ideas among various academic disciplines in the literary community.
Class Reunions on Campus Raise $10,500 for Scholarships
For the second year, alumni classes celebrating special anniversaries came to campus in summer to enjoy becoming reacquainted with AUB and each other. As many as 325 alumni and their spouses attended events spread over July 3 to 7 as the classes of 1987, 1992, and 1997 celebrated their 15th, 10th, and 5th anniversaries. Proceeds from the various class reunion activities raised $10,500 for the AUB Scholarship Fund.
President John Waterbury greeted the visitors, made a presentation on AUB’s Master Plan and hosted an elegant reception for the reunionaires in the gardens of Marquand House. Alumni later toured the campus to hear about new programs and facilities from the various deans, and spent a day filled with information and fun at the AUB farm the Beqa’a. Time was also left for enjoying Beirut.
Attendees represented various alumni groups and organizations such as the Mount Lebanon Branch, Riyadh Branch, Abu Dhabi Branch, France Branch, Syria Branch, Alumni Association of North America, Engineering Chapter, Medical Chapter, Health Sciences Chapter, and Nursing Chapter.
Fifth Anniversary of Summer Program for North American Alumni Children
In its fifth successful summer program, AUB hosted 18 North American and four French high school and college students on campus this year.
The summer program is designed to offer the children of AUB alumni and friends a chance to learn Arabic and appreciate the history and culture of Lebanon as well as to acquaint them with AUB, where they reside in dormitories and take special courses.
The program is offered to high school students at least 17 years of age and college students who have completed their freshman year. Brochures for the 2003 program will be mailed to alumni in December.
Visitors Bureau: A Proven Success
Having guided more than 4,000 visitors around AUB in its first three years, AUB’s Visitors Bureau and Campus Tours Office has become solidly established on campus. In the words of President John Waterbury at a ceremony in May marking the bureau’s third anniversary, “You have become an institution!” The bureau currently has a photo exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of AUB’s Main Gate. The development of a dedicated web site for potential visitors is also underway.