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Fall 2006 Vol. V, No. 1

Alumni Activities: Reunion 2006

Welcome back 1951, 1956, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1991, 1996 and 2001

“One of the great strengths of this institution is its alumni.”
President John Waterbury, State of the University Address

Even the World Cup couldn’t keep AUB alumni away from Reunion weekend on June 30, 2006!

The Weekend
FRIDAY 4:30 PM: For the second year running, alumni kicked off the reunion weekend on June 30 with receptions at each of their faculties, where they were greeted by the deans. FRIDAY 6 PM: Following commemorative photos for each class at the Main Gate, more than 900 alumni joined President Waterbury for a buffet dinner on the Green Oval, festively lit with white paper lanterns. Loud cheers from soccer fans on Bliss Street were only slightly distracting. SATURDAY 9 AM: Alumni returned on Saturday for three tours of the campus: AUB’s new architectural additions, the renovated archaeological museum, and the historic and unique flora of the campus. SATURDAY 10 AM: Alumni regrouped at West Hall for the State of the University Address by President Waterbury. Before introducing guest speaker Abdul-Muhsen Qattan (BBA ’51), Dr. Waterbury spoke about the seven PhD programs to be launched in 2007, capital projects on campus, the quality of AUB faculty and the University’s quest for increased diversity on campus. SATURDAY 1 PM: Alumni met for lunch on the upper campus, and several reunion classes attended a luncheon to celebrate their class gifts. SATURDAY 8:30 PM: The highlight of reunion weekend continued to be the gala dinner, which was held at BIEL, where 350 guests enjoyed a performance by Lebanese rock star Raghib Alameh. SUNDAY 10 AM: Most of the day was dedicated to planned group excursions around Lebanon, but alumni came in the late afternoon for lots of family friendly activities and a live music concert on the Green Oval at 8:00 PM.

2006 Class Gifts

An extraordinary group of reunion classes participated in making generous class gifts this year. Setting high goals, FEA ’66 combined their support to name an area in the Ray R. Irani Oxy Engineering Complex; FAFS ’56 worked toward naming a FAFS faculty lounge; and FAFS AREC ’80 raised funds to endow a scholarship in memory of three former classmates. Class gifts are a great way for alumni to combine their support to the University in recognition for what their AUB education has done for them. Gifts can be designated for student scholarships, physical improvements, naming opportunities, or in memory of a faculty member, loved one, or classmate.

MORE ON-LINE

Read more about reunion and find a transcript of guest speaker Abdul-Muhsen Qattan’s (BBA ’51) speech on-line in the July 2006 News Highlights on the AUB homepage. “The education I left AUB with was a decisive element of the success that I have been fortunate to enjoy in my business career. But it was also one of the driving factors which encouraged me to invest a substantial part of the fruits of that success in educational, cultural, and social development in Palestine and the rest of the region… I hope that you and others will follow this path.”—Abdul-Muhsen Qattans (BBA ’51)

MIDDLE EAST
Abu Dhabi Chapter
May 4: About 500 alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the Abu Dhabi Alumni’s 19th Spring Ball. The theme of this year’s event was AUB student clubs. Following a greeting reception at the Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers, Abu Dhabi Alumni President Gisele Nasser and AUB representatives welcomed the guests. Nasser thanked Abu Dhabi alumni and friends for their loyalty and continuous support, especially recognizing Abu Dhabi committee members for their work and dedication. The Abu Dhabi Alumni Scholarship Funds at AUB generate around $100,000 each year to provide financial support for AUB students. The guest of honor, Minister of Culture, Tarek Mitri (BA ’74), spoke about AUB and its alumni and their role in Lebanon and the region. He noted the importance of the development of the individual in the advancement of our economies and societies. After the speeches, alumni and friends took to the dance floor and danced the night away.

AUB Alumni in Jeddah
March 15: Around 200 women attended a fashion show fundraiser for the Brave Heart Fund held at the Lebanese Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The event, which raised around $60,000 for needy children with congenital heart disease, was organized by

alumni Louma Moallem and HE Ghassan Moallem, the consul general of Lebanon. It featured the launching of the spring-summer 2006 collection of Lebanese fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz.

Alumni Club of Jordan
The Alumni Club of Jordan elected a new cabinet in August 2006. The new leadership is represented by Flare Zawati Majali, president; Hameed Bibi, vice president; Saed Budeiri, treasurer; and Haya Imam, secretary. The chapter recently moved into their newly purchased premises in the Abdoun area of Amman.

Dubai and Northern Emirates
May 18: The AUB Alumni Association of Dubai and Northern Emirates held their annual gala dinner in honor of MP Saad Rafic Hariri at the Al-Bustan Rotana Hotel for a full-house of 800 AUB alumni and friends.

In his opening speech, Dubai Chapter President Raja Trad noted that since its founding 140 years ago, “AUB has been a constant source of inspiration, tolerance, entrepreneurship and education for many generations of Lebanese and Arab men and women… The seeds of excellence that were planted many yeas ago continue to yield the bountiful harvest that we all enjoy today.” Trad recalled that “the theme of the gala ‘Together We Build Lives’ makes us remember the unique vision of a great leader and builder: the late PM and AUB Trustee Rafic Hariri.” He passionately embodied the values suggested in “Together We Build Lives.”

Dr. Abdulhamid Hallab, Special Advisor to AUB President John Waterbury, thanked the Dubai and Northern Emirates alumni for their dedication and loyalty towards their alma mater. Hallab paid tribute to the late Trustee Hariri, a person whom he knew and worked with personally on the establishment of the Hariri Foundation scholarships—scholarships that helped educate 35,000 students: 5,600 of them at AUB alone.

Before being awarded the AUB Dubai and Northern Alumni shield of appreciation, MP Saad Hariri took the podium as the guest of honor and keynote speaker. Hariri saluted the noble mission of AUB and its role as an educational and cultural oasis that has served Lebanon and the Arab world for 140 years. He commented that AUB instills democratic values in the communities that it serves, and it held a special place in the heart of martyr Rafic Hariri.

In addition to a raffle, this year the dinner included a very successful auction. All funds raised are dedicated to the Dubai and Northern Emirates Scholarship Funds at AUB.

Riyadh
On Friday September 22, members of the AUB Riyadh Alumni Committee visited the campus and met with President John Waterbury. During the meeting, they presented to President Waterbury and Director of Development Imad Baalbalki a contribution of $50,000 to be added to their Endowed Scholarship fund. The Riyadh alumni delegation included President Abdulfattah Ghali, VP Abdallah Darwish, Treasurer Zeina Safa Mardini, and members Hasan Hoteit and Nader Mardini. The gift is the largest from the Riyadh Alumni Branch in a single year.

EUROPE
United Kingdom
In June 2006, Hisham ElSolh, chairman of the AUB Alumni Association UK, visited the AUB campus and met with Acting President Nuhad Dagher. He presented a check for $10,000 designated for the support of the AUB Alumni Association UK (Ltd.) Endowed Scholarship. This amount will be added to the capital of the endowment and the income generated will be used for financial aid to needy and qualified students.

NORTH AMERICA
Atlanta Chapter
April 30: Despite cool weather, the Atlanta Chapter held a spring picnic that brought together more than 70 adults and children at Jones Bridge Park in Gwinnett. The children took off to a nearby playground, while the adults socialized in the large pavilion situated along the Chattahoochee River. Everyone enjoyed the grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken cooked by some of the talented male chefs in attendance.

Leila Tarazi, outgoing Atlanta Chapter president, thanked everyone for coming and for their past support. She then introduced the new Atlanta Chapter board members. Nadine Chamseddine, the newly elected president of the Atlanta Chapter, welcomed everyone and expressed her intention and hope that the new committee would continue to build upon the previous committee’s fine tradition of working with the Atlanta community.

Michigan Chapter
April 23: Michigan AUBites gathered at Adonis, where they enjoyed an afternoon playing cards (tarneeb) and taweleh, and sampling a delicious spread of tabouleh, hommos, baba ghanouj, chicken, and fruit. Lebanese music and a few arguileh smokers contributed to creating a chatty atmosphere, so it was no surprise when the conversation turned to stories about AUB days—from the many different generations of AUBites who were in attendance.

New England Chapter
Arabic Music from Classical to World Fusion, June 10: AUB alumni and friends gathered in Boston, Massachusetts to hear the music of Bassam Saba, one of the premier figures in classical Arab music today. A world-renowned instrumentalist, conductor, and composer, he is equally at home in jazz and European classical music. Saba presented completely original compositions with his ensemble, which included bassist Thomas Bramerie, percussionist April Centrone, percussionist Matt Kilmer, and pianist Ramzi Moufarej. Saba himself is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, ney, oud, violin, clarinet, saz, and buzuq. His rich career has included performances with international stars such as Fairuz, Majida al-Roumi, and Wadi al-Safi.  In the United States, Saba has played with a wide variety of groups—from Simon Shaheen’s Near Eastern Music Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, to a Sting concert at Jones Beach Theater. He also coaches and conducts the Harvard Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. AUB alumni gave the concert rave reviews. The chapter would like to thank Drs. Rima and Ghaleb Daouk for their generosity in making this concert such a success. If other chapters are interested in hosting an event with Bassam Saba, they may contact him at bassamtoghli@yahoo.com.

In mid June, the chapter gathered in beautiful Arsenal Park in Watertown, MA for their annual picnic, where AUBites always find friends, volleyball, soccer, and fabulous barbeque. They’ll remember it fondly during the cold New England winter!

Greater Washington Chapter
April 7: The Greater Washington Gala has two official objectives: first, to raise funds for the AUB Scholarship Fund, and second, to honor a professionally successful alumnus who represents the ideals and mission of AUB—and to do both while throwing a great party! On April 7, the chapter hosted an elegant and very successful event for more than 200 guests at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia. The chapter presented this year’s honoree—the lawyer, journalist, diplomat, and author, Ambassador Clovis Maksoud (BA ’49)—with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ambassador Maksoud is presently professor of international relations and director of the Center for Global South at American University in Washington, DC. Chapter President, Zaynab Shatila (BA ’69) welcomed everyone and thanked them for their strong support for AUB.

The crowd included a convivial group of alumni and friends, as well as a number of Arab and US dignitaries. Among those in attendance were Ambassador and Mrs. Abboud of Lebanon, Ambassador Al-Hajjri of Yemen, Ambassador Ghobash of the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Hassouna of the Arab League, Chief PLO Representative and Mrs. Safieh, and the Algerian Charge d’Affaires Ms. Khiari. Other dignitaries included former Secretary of Defense, the Honorable and Mrs. William Cohen, Congressman and Mrs. Nick Rahall, former US Ambassador to Lebanon Vincent Battle, and the president of the Arab American Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC) Ms. Mary Rose Oaker.

Following dinner, Abdo Sabban (BA ’76) introduced the honoree, focusing his remarks on his tireless efforts on behalf of the Arab and AUB community in the United States and worldwide. Just before the acceptance speech, guests watched a moving video on the life and accomplishments of Ambassador Maksoud, which was produced by Mukhliss Al-Hariri.

In his speech, Ambassador Maksoud said, “AUB was the anchor of his soul and that of his wife,” the late Dr. Hala Salam Maksoud (BA ’64), adding, “AUB is and continues to be an oasis of Arab renaissance and enlightenment. AUB made the term ‘American’ loveable and it is upon us AUBites to reintegrate the American values that AUB trained us in, in order to re-inject them into American policies particularly in our region.” He continued, “Its alumni should restore the enlightened narrative of our discourse and are responsible to not become marginalized, but to get more involved with the mission of the University.”

Personalized AUB touches made the evening truly memorable: tables were named for favorite AUBite “establishments”: Faysal Restaurant, Uncle Sam, Tarazi, Blue Note, Malek al-Falafel, etc. Members of the Executive Committee demonstrated their exceptional talents: Lina Farra Salman (BA ’83) designed the gala invitations and programs while Gigi Kraytem Saghir (BA ’87) created beautiful flower arrangements. An energetic vice president, Hadi Fakhoury (BA ’86), deserves thanks for charming the guests into donating generously for the auction and raffle. AUB students also have reason to thank the chapter: the evening of tango performances, dancing, auction, and raffle raised over $25,000 for the AUB Scholarship Fund. The Executive Committee is thankful for the generosity of the community that will benefit needy students at AUB.

Ottawa Chapter
Annual Picnic, June 24: More than 50 alumni, family, friends, and colleagues gathered at Vincent Massey Park for the chapter’s popular annual picnic. It was a beautiful day, the mood was buoyant, and the location lush and welcoming.

The new chapter president, Nada Tamim (2006-08), and executive committee members got started early, setting up two large charcoal BBQs, a kids’ play area, and a relaxing area to catch-up with old friends and make new ones. A scrumptious homemade meal was served to satisfy all palettes and preferences—veggie and beef burgers, kafta and taouk skewers, fresh herb-filled salads, and desserts of sweet sesame halva and watermelon, washed down with spine-stiffening Turkish coffee.

The day could not be complete without commemorating outgoing President Elie Moussalli’s dedication and service to the AANA Ottawa Chapter. Hasan El-Taher, one of the founders of the Ottawa Chapter and its very first president, presented Elie with a certificate of appreciation, a gift certificate, a card signed by all the attendees, and words of heartfelt thanks which brought on a rousing ovation.

The picnic wrapped up at 6:30 pm, but the day didn’t end until committee members and volunteers were treated to delicious Lebanese style gelato for their hard work at AlMalk Pastry in Ottawa.

ATTENTION CANADIAN ALUMNI!
Your gift to AUB is now tax deductible. The status is retroactive to January 2003.

The American University of Beirut has now been added to the list of foreign universities that are listed in Section 9 of Schedule VIII of the Income Tax Regulations and therefore qualifies as “a university outside Canada that is prescribed to be a university the student body of which ordinarily includes students from Canada” for purposes of the definitions of “total charitable gifts” and “charitable gifts.” This permits corporate taxpayers who make donations to the university to deduct the donations in calculating their taxable income; donations by an individual will be eligible for a tax credit which will reduce the individual’s tax liability.

Worldwide Humanitarian Relief Efforts in 2006

North America
Canada
The Toronto chapter donated $2,000 for the AUB Medical Emergency Fund. Separately the three Canadian chapters—Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal—have undertaken an e-mail campaign to their constituencies for the AUB MEF.

United States
The Atlanta Chapter held two events this past August – a brunch and a fundraising dinner—which collected medical supplies and raised more than $10,000 for the AUB MEF. The Greater Washington DC Chapter collected supplies and medications which totaled 2.5 tons and were sent to Lebanon in coordination with Mercy Corps, the Hariri Foundation, and AMTEC International. The Baltimore Chapter raised funds for MEF, and organized a large shipment of medications for Beirut. The New England Chapter also mobilized their community for the collection of medications and supplies and collaborated with other local organizations on major fundraising events benefiting Lebanon. The Psychiatry Chapter of North America offered support to the St. George Hospital of Psychiatry in Beirut which was providing psychiatric relief efforts to Lebanese during the crisis. They also donated $3,000 to the AUB Medical Emergency Fund. In southern California, alumni and friends held a fundraising event on August 26 to benefit the AUB Medical Emergency Fund and raised some $100,000 in donations and medical supplies. In Dallas, Texas the community held a fundraising event to benefit a variety of Lebanese non-profits, which netted donations to AUB MEF totaling $14,000. Both the Houston and Michigan Chapters gathered medicine and medical supplies.

Europe
AUB alumni in the United Kingdom held two functions for the benefit of AUB and the relief efforts.  The first was at the Lebanese restaurant Noura in August and was attended by around 110 alumni and friends.  Around 50 alumni and friends attended the second event which was held at Volt in September. Both events netted $16,000.  

Alumni in Athens organized a dinner in collaboration with the LAU alumni in support of Lebanon and the Red Cross.

Middle East
In Jeddah, alumni conducted an extensive campaign asking for donations to be made directly to the government, and they gathered a great number of goods to provide humanitarian relief in Lebanon.

In August 2006, alumni in Jordan held a fundraising campaign to purchase $130,000 worth of medicine and medical supplies. Eight hundred twenty three boxes of medications were shipped to AUBMC. The alumni club joined also with the Jordan River Foundation, the Lebanese Embassy, and Aramex in the Save Lebanon Campaign to collect financial and in-kind donations for Lebanon and AUB.

Alumni in Abu Dhabi conducted a successful fundraising campaign this summer which resulted in a $50,000 donation to the AUB Medical Emergency Fund.

Alumni Elections in North America

The leadership of the AUB Alumni Association of North America—AANA —and several of its chapters recently underwent elections.

The AANA National Board of Directors elected a new Executive Committee: Dr. Hikmat Nasr (BS ’61, MS ’65) was elected President, Dr. John Makhoul (BE ’64), Vice President, May Farah (MA ’97), Secretary, Dr. Leila Tarazi (MA ’72) Treasurer. As well, several alumni were elected to the Board following national elections in June: Dr. Rana Hajjeh (BS ’84, MD ’88), Dr. Fred Hayek (BS ’74), Genane Maalouf (BBA ’98) and Dr. Michael Mamish (BS ’83).

The Atlanta, Baltimore and Ottawa chapters recently held elections with the results as follow:

Atlanta
Nadine Chamseddine, President (BA ’95)
Mohammad Wehbi, Vice President (BS ’91, MD ’96)
Yara Tumeh, Secretary (MS ’04)
Abeer Moanna, Treasurer (BS ’94, MD ’99)
Chirine Atwi, Member at Large (BBA ’01)
Samia Hazim, Member at Large (BS ’80)
Khaled Soufi, Member at Large (BS ’84)

Baltimore
Elias Ghandour, President (BS ’81, MD ’85)
Samer Najjar, Secretary (Former Student)
Michel Kafrouni, Treasurer (BS ’95, MD ’99)
Samar Debakey, Member at Large (BS ’83, MD ’87)
Ali Hemade, Member at Large (BS ’97)
David Nasrallah, Member at Large (BS ’76, MD ’82)

Ottawa
Nada Tamim, President (BA ’90)
Fadi Otari, Vice President (BA ’93)
Fatima Sadek, Secretary (BS ’99)
Ramez El-Esber, Treasurer (BEN ’97)
Bashir El Saghir, Member at Large (BS ’96)

AUB extends our congratulations to all of the above alumni on their newly elected positions and we are certain that both as national and regional leaders they will serve their fellow AUBites and their Alma Mater well.

The following letter was intended for publication in the summer issue of MainGate. At press time for this issue, the ITF is meeting in London to continue finalizing the objectives mentioned below.

AUB Alumni Association International Task Force Update

Dear AUB Alumni:
Once again I am writing to update you on the progress that the members of the AUB Alumni Association (AUBAA) Implementation Task Force have made toward the establishment of a new single worldwide alumni association. You will remember that the AUB Board of Trustees voted to establish a worldwide alumni association at their June 2005 meeting because of their belief that such an association would help bring all alumni closer to AUB and that the services provided through this worldwide organization would be of benefit to all alumni.

The ITF met again in Beirut in May 2006 to discuss progress toward our goal. We know that there is continued concern about the independence of the worldwide association and about the ability of the alumni chapters to function as they have over the years. The ITF has stated from the outset that we are committed to independence in partnership with AUB and that the chapters will continue to function as they traditionally have. We anticipate involvement from every chapter in the governance of the worldwide association and believe that representatives from every chapter will have more engagement and involvement with the proposed worldwide association than they have under the current structure. Specifically, we anticipate that the elected presidents of each chapter will serve on the AUBAA Alumni Council along with at-large members and others and that the AUBAA Board of Directors will be elected by the entire alumni constituency.

When the ITF met, they discussed possible bylaws for the AUBAA, a protocol for electing alumni to the AUB Board of Trustees, and other materials that will eventually be presented to the AUB board at their fall meeting. ITF members have continued to meet with alumni chapters in North America and in other locations to gather feedback and ideas from you, the alumni, about the worldwide association. Rest assured that all alumni comments, whether from e-mails, consultation meetings, or individual conversations are brought to the ITF for their consideration.

I know that I speak for all members of the ITF who are committed to the formation of the new association in reiterating our strong belief that a single worldwide association will strengthen the affiliation and association between alumni and the University. We continue to have a lot of work to do, but we have made real progress along the way.

My thanks to those who have participated in this process and my best regards.

Mohammad F. Mattar
Chair, ITF

ITF Committee: Chair: Mohammad F. Mattar/Dr. Rima Khalaf Hunaidi/Mr. Farouk Jabre/Dr. Shake Ketefian, RN FAAN/Dr. Philip S. Khoury/Mrs. Flare Majali/Dr. Hikmat G. Nasr/Mr. Ghassan N. Ouajian/Mrs. Najat Zarour.

Recently Honored

AUBAA Medical Chapter Honors Physiology Professor Suhayl Jabbur
The Medical Chapter of the AUB Alumni Association honored physiology Professor Suhayl Jabbur (BA ’52, MD ’56) with a Gold Medal Award, an honor that is bestowed on a distinguished alumnus every year. During the ceremony, neurology Professor Dr. Samir Atweh, one of Jabbur’s former students, described him as a passionate teacher and a nonconformist. He was one of the first Lebanese to earn an MD-PhD in the region and was the “prime initiator” of the MS/MD program in the School of Medicine. “Suhayl, you were the best,” said Atweh, “and I think you deserve every ounce of the Gold Medal our Medical Alumni Association is bestowing on you.”

FEA Honors Six Distinguished Alumni Awards
May 17-18: The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture honored six of its alumni for exceptional careers and accomplishments in engineering during its fifth annual student conference.

The awards went to Abdullah Zakhem (BE ’62) for his contributions to the world of construction; Fawwaz Ulaby (BS ’64) for outstanding achievements related to electromagnetics, microwaves, and remote sensing technology; Suad Amiry (B Arch ’77) for her pioneering effort in the study and protection of the architectural heritage of Palestine; Hani Mahmassani (attended AUB, 1973-75) for excellence in research in the field of transportation; Habib Najm (BE ’83) for outstanding scholarly contributions to research in combustion, stochastic methods for uncertainty quantification in electrochemical microfluid systems and biotechnology devices; and Ali Khayrallah (BE ’84) for distinguished contributions to the development of cellular and wireless communication systems.

Nadim Dimichkie receives President’s Medal for Outstanding Voluntary Service
Nadim Dimichkie (BA ’40, MA ’55) has received the President’s Medal for Outstanding Voluntary Service, which is awarded to someone who has provided exceptional support to the University as a member of an AUB alumni or volunteer group. In addition to his many years of distinguished service as an alumnus (he was president of the AUB Alumni Association from 1995 to 1998), Dimichkie has also had a very successful career as a diplomat. He has received several national honors including National Order of Cedar, Commander and Chevalier ranks.

Rabi F. Sulayman receives Honorary Degree from Lewis University
Rabi F. Sulayman (BS, ’64, MD ’68), chair of Pediatrics at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois and founder of Hope Children’s Hospital, received an honorary degree from Lewis University on May 13. A specialist in pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric cardiology, Sulayman has served as chair of pediatrics at Advocate Christ Medical Center since 1986. Dr. Sulayman and his family live in Chicago, Illinois.

Alumni Publications

Call Me Del: Dogged in the Pursuit of Excellence: An Autobiography
(Trafford: 2005) Adel A. Yunis (BA ’50, MD ’54)
This autobiographical account of Yunis’s life story from his humble beginning in the little village of Rabeh, Akkar to his momentous years at AUB and his journey to the United States, tells a story of hard work, perseverance, hope, frustration, emotional ups and downs, and—most of all—discipline. “It is most inspiring and a must read for all students and graduates,” said one reader. Once you start reading nothing will stop you except getting to the last word “Del.” My advice: read it... twice. Charles H. Khouri, M.D. Miami Chapter.

Walad ka Sair al-Awlad (A Child Like Any Other Child)
(Dar An-Nahar: 2006) by Nada Barakat Khawaja
In a novel based on a true story, Nada Barakat Khawaja relates her experience of raising a mentally and physically challenged child. Khawaja hopes to educate societies that condemn a “different” child and his parents. Nada Barakat Khawaja received a Diploma in Special Education in 1998.

How I Achieved My Dream
(Victory Books: 2005) by Karim W. Nasser (BSCE ’49) with May M. Nasser (MA ’00)
This is an inspiring autobiographical account of a life begun in the small mountain town of Shweir, of humble beginnings, and of hope and dedication that persist through the Depression and second world war. A young Karim Nasser triumphs over adversity to become a visionary professor, and a successful engineer, researcher, inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. His story reflects on the fundamental importance of individual freedom.

101 Selected Poems
(Vantage Press, Inc.: 2006) by Jawdat R. Haydar
Haydar, who studied at AUB briefly in the 1920s, is a Lebanese centenarian who was instrumental in fostering poetry in Lebanon after the civil war years. This collection shows the wide range of Haydar’s work from the deeply personal, to the socially conscious, and includes poignant observations of the natural world.

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