Conferences and Symposia
ARIJ Workshop on Investigative Journalism
April 1 - 6: A workshop on investigative journalism, sponsored by the
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was conducted by the Arab
Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), a regional independent
NGO. ARIJ was established by Arab media activists and media organizations
in cooperation with the Copenhagen-based International Media Support (IMS).
ARIJ is an Amman-based, regional media network that seeks to support independent
quality professional journalism, through funding in-depth journalism projects
and offering media coaching. Facilitators of the AUB workshop included
Professor Nabil Dajani, chairman of the board of ARIJ, and Assistant Professor
Hussein Shahidi, who helped moderate the training of 13 journalists from
Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. ARIJ will conduct three trainings
a year, and Dajani has been invited to conduct an upcoming session in
More info on the
ARIJ project at ARIJ.
40th Annual Middle East Medical Assembly
May 11: The 40th Middle East Medical Assembly (MEMA), a four day annual
medical conference, was inaugurated at Assembly Hall. The scientific program
of this year's MEMA addressed topics on trauma, cancer, cardiovascular
diseases, avian flu, and medical ethics. MEMA, which is jointly sponsored
by AUB and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for Continuing Education, included
a medical exhibition of the latest equipment and healthcare support systems.
MEMA ended May 14 with a fundraising gala dinner held at the Phoenicia
Intercontinental Hotel, Beirut. Funds raised at the dinner will go to
scholarships for students at the medical school.
Introduction of the Fuad S. Farah Lectureship in Dermatology and Immunology
A special feature of this year's MEMA was the inauguration of the Fouad
S. Farah Lectureship in Dermatology and Immunology. This lectureship was
made possible by two donations by Farah's family totaling $100,000. On
May 13, Dr. Kurt Blaser, Director of the Swiss Institute of Allergy and
Asthma Research (SIAF) in Davos, Switzerland, launched the lectureship
series during MEMA with a talk entitled "Mechanisms of Specific Immunotherapy
and Tolerance Induction." Fouad S. Farah (MD '54) now lives in Syracuse,
NY with his family. He has 4 children, who are all medical doctors.
Annual Middle East Medical Assembly
Arabic Prose: A Contemporary Phenomenon in the Arab World
May 19: The Anis Makdisi Program in Literature (AMPL) held a four day
conference on Arabic Prose, the fourth since its establishment in 2002.
The conference addressed the historical, literary, theoretical, and philosophical
traits of Arabic prose poetry, which made its first appearances in the
Arab world during contemporary times.
Anis Makdisi Program in Literature
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS
AUB gets outside
Three of the AUB's most anticipated annual outdoor events were a huge
success this May. The traditional Outdoors Festival took place on upper
campus on May 13 and 14 with the theme "Wild Wild West!". The
annual Big Game took place May 23 on IC's football field with the Business
School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences facing off and winning against
the School of Engineering. The 33rd Folk Dance Festival took place on
AUB's Green Oval on May 21 when groups of students from 20 schools from
all over Lebanon gathered to perform folkdances of 12 different countries.
Renowned Director Jawad al Assadi Shares His Theatre Experience with
April 18 - May 16: Jawad al Assadi, renowned theatre director and playwright
offered a theatre student workshop at AUB. Participating students had
the opportunity to work with al Assadi, recipient of the international
2005 Prince Claus Foundation Award, and Robert Myers, Associate Professor
of English and Creative Writing.
Jawad al Assadi, who has a PhD in theatre from the University of Bulgaria,
is the author of Forget Hamlet, Women of War and Hammam Baghdadi.
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