Fall 2006 Vol. V, No. 1
Celebrating our 140th Anniversary
In War and Peace
Courage, growth, and social service played an integral part in the AUB education that President Bayard Dodge expected to guide the Universitys graduates to their roles as leaders and innovative thinkers. At an alumni reunion in the late 1920s one alumnus remarked: President Dodge taught us this: Trust in God, and do whats right. This was his credo. He was steadfast during the difficult times of World War II; he and Mrs. Dodge always set a good example of being benevolent and helpful. Excerpts from speeches and writings during his tenure as president (1923-1948) follow:
In his baccalaureate sermon of 1934, President Bayard Dodge asked:
What Causes World Progress?
civilization more than money or guns. The teaching of Aristotle in the Lyceum
did more to change history than the armies of his pupil Alexander. The Golden
Rule is more far reaching than the atom bomb.
President Malcolm Kerrs investiture ceremony speech, 1982
I believe that there are two essential principles we must follow: First, we must build and not tear down. We must grow and not shrink AUB has had a glorious past, and there is no reason why it cannot have a glorious future, if only we be sufficiently determined to make it so Let us pledge ourselves today to make that effort, so that a century from now our descendents will remember that the men and women of AUB in the 1970s and 80s not only showed the courage to survive eight years of destruction and turmoil in the country, but the imagination and initiative to bring their university out of the bomb shelter, into the sunlight, and up to the mountaintops of excellence once again.
President Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr.
Military developments are likely to determine the immediate future of the institution. Its history shows that it is not unaccustomed to hardships and obstacles of a seemingly overwhelming nature. There is ground for full confidence that it will continue to function successfully and with expanding usefulness long after the clouds of war have disappeared. From them, as from the previous storm, may result a richer opportunity for service to the Near East.
Edward W. Said, AUB Commencement Speech, June 2000
Think of yourselves as the proud inheritors of several traditions, rather than only of oneArab, Islamic, Christian, Roman, Greek, Phoenician, Canaanite, Jewish, Armenian, Kurdish, and, yes, even African, Indian, and, of course American and European. You would be doing yourselves the gravest injustice, in fact you would be mutilating your own lives, if you were to think of yourselves as mainly Christian, or Muslim or Druze or sectarian in some provincial small-minded chauvinist way... A sense of citizenship and of critical awareness will allow you to see the whole of human history as common enterprise, and not as a kind of Darwinian race for domination and supremacy. Cultures are in a state of continuing development and dynamic change As citizens your obligation towards your community is also a commitment to the existence of other communities, and that is what the poet William Butler Yeats called the dialogue of self and soul in the dialogue taking place inside us as vigilant seekers after truth and justice, without which there can be no real education, no dialogue of cultures, no real understanding.
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