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Student Performance

In Event on May 27, 2010 at 9:55 am

You are invited to attend this year’s student performance as a course outcome from LDEM 261 on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 8.00 p.m. at the Hostler Center Amphitheatre (rooftop).
Hope to see you there!
Julie Weltzien


FAAH Art Open Studios

In Event, Fine Arts on May 24, 2010 at 11:04 am

Several FAAH studio courses will open their classrooms to the public to show student’s work.

From 6-8pm, during the Graduating Senior Exhibition, the following areas will display work:
Nicely Hall 4th Floor
The area between Nicely Hall and Jesup
Jesup Basement
Fisk Basement
West Hall Common Room

Graduating Senior Exhibition

In Event, Fine Arts on May 24, 2010 at 10:59 am

The department of Fine Arts and Art History at AUB
cordially invite you to

DOWNRIGHT: Graduating Seniors’ Thesis Exhibition
West Hall Common Room
Jesup Basement, Fisk Basement

Opening Wednesday, May 26th
Refreshments will be served. Artists will be present.

Message from President Doorman

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 6:42 am

Dear AUB Students,

I’d like to congratulate the organizers of the demonstration yesterday for an event that was well organized and well executed, making a number of deep concerns to our students known to the administration. I especially appreciate the commitment by the organizers—representing the USFC and the Campaign for an Affordable Acceptable Education—that their aims are “voluntary, nonviolent, and progressive.” The event was carried out in a manner consistent with that pledge, and I applaud both the intention and the outcome; it reflects the best traditions of free speech and the dynamics of a responsive academic setting.

Yesterday I had the chance to talk with a number of students who had relevant questions about the new tuition policy. One question needs to be laid to rest immediately. A good number believed that they would have significantly higher tuition costs next year and were worried about how they or their families could afford it. Nothing could be further from the truth. For current students, tuition will be priced according to the present 12-hour credit system and AUB promises to freeze tuition increases at 4% for the next three years. We do not feel that we can change the rules of the game for students who are in the middle of a multi-year university commitment. This would not be fair to them or their parents.

Another young woman at FEA, knowing of our pledge to cover 75% of the added tuition burden for eligible students under the new pricing policy (again: which applies only for students enrolling for the first time in 2010) asked if we could cover that final last 25% with financial aid. I promised her we would review our options. We have been discussing that very question, and feel that we can soon propose a solution that will in fact cover 100% of the added burden for students who need it.

One slogan I began to hear yesterday is that the new tuition policy is just “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.” Actually, that is a somewhat accurate, if sardonic, description of what direct financial aid is all about. It is what AUB and thousands of American universities and colleges have been doing for decades, and is the foundation for permitting needy students to study here. The system is simple: out of all tuition revenues received, a certain percentage is dedicated toward outright grants to offset the costs of tuition to students who otherwise could not afford to enroll here. AUB is one university in Lebanon that gives significant amounts of direct grant to its neediest students, rather than loans. If this system did not exist, AUB would be an institution for the purely elite, available only to those who could pay full freight—something none of us wants. Rather, we aspire truly to be a “college for all classes and conditions of men.” (And women.) Let me add that financial aid generated from tuition revenues (about 30% of the total) is supplemented generously by annual donations given by alumni and trustees, by endowed scholarship funds set up by donors and alumni chapters, and by government grants. In other words, the benefits of “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor” are enjoyed by all who use and enjoy our campus, by ensuring that we maintain a diverse student body represented by every region and socio-economic group of Lebanon, as well as countries beyond.

The administration has heard your concerns, and I was presented an eloquent statement from Jeffrey Karam, which I have read with interest. Yesterday Provost Dallal publicly declared that we are ready to meet with the organizers of the demonstration to discuss these issues. Yesterday I was also able to make the same pledge to USFC vice-president, Elias Ghanem, and others, that I am ready to begin discussions any time after 9 AM this morning. Open discussion is the essence of university life and the key to resolving the remaining issues. It is also essential that continuing engagement be “voluntary, nonviolent, and progressive,” so that those who wish to attend classes and go to work not be prevented from doing so.

With best wishes,

Peter Dorman


Exhibition: Jafet Library

In Event on May 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

The Spanish Embassy in Lebanon
in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Design
and the University Libraries at the American University of Beirut

Cordially invite you to the opening reception of the exhibition

Book Design from Spain

Wednesday May 26 @ 6:00pm, in Jafet Library

The exhibition will run from May 26 until June 2, 2010.

READY TO READ is an exhibition of more than 450 fine books designed and published in Spain between the years 2000 and 2006. Comprising literature and essays, books on art, architecture and design, children’s books and artists’ books from different periods, it highlights the wide range of talents of the designers who work in modern Spanish publishing.  Some work conventionally, whilst others use avant-garde publishing styles.
The distinguished Catalan design historian Enric Satué is the curator of the exhibition. Book design has been the focus of Satué’s career for more than thirty years.  Among his awards is the National Design Award.  Satué is the author of many books on design and design history.  He teaches at the San Jorge Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts.
Jaime Hayon, who blurs the distinctions between art and design, was responsible for the image and installation design of the exhibition, including the contemporary furniture and furnishings that help to recreate the atmosphere of the reading rooms of the past.
The exhibition was made possible by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and by the Spanish State Agency for Design and Innovation or ddi. Established in 1992, ddi works to disseminate awareness of Spanish design as an important aspect of the well-being of society.
The exhibition, which toured internationally to more than six cities, will now be permanently housed in the Jafet Library, thanks to a generous donation from the Spanish Embassy.

98weeks Media Workshops

In Event, Fine Arts, Opportunity on May 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm


Calligraphy: Alya Karame
Drawing: Jana Traboulsi, Hatem Imam, Omar Khouri
Site specific interventions (wall painting): Setareh Shahbazi

29 MAY – 19 JUNE 2010

98WEEKS announces the first workshops related to its research theme Through Media…, a research on and through different artistic media. 3 simultaneous workshops exploring the practice of drawing, calligraphy and site specific interventions, will take place at 98WEEKS Project Space during the month of June.
For more information, please email

FAAH Presents Artists Talks: Mirene Arsanios

In Art History, Event, Fine Arts on May 19, 2010 at 5:49 am


American University of Beirut

Cordially invites you to a presentation by artist

Mirene Arsanios


"To be discussed: Some points on art education"
Mirene is the co founder of 98weeks. She studied art history in Rome and did her masters in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, London (2007). She previously worked as a researcher at Ashkal Alwan (2008-2009) and as an assistant curator at MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome (2004-2006). She now teaches  at the American University of Beirut. Loves to write and research.


FRIDAY May 21st, 2010

4 pm


Lecture: An Anthropologist on the Danish Cartoons Affair

In Event on May 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies
American University of Beirut

Cordially invites you to a lecture entitled

“An Anthropologist on the Danish Cartoons Affair”


Professor Talal Asad

City University of New York

Professor Talal Asad is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City
University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, where he has taught since
1998. He received his D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1968 and taught at
Oxford University, the universities of Khartoum, Sudan, and Hull, England,
the New School in New York City, Johns Hopkins University and the University
of California at Berkeley. His publications include: Is Critique Secular?:
Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech (The Townsend Papers in the Humanities)
by Talal Asad, Judith Butler, Saba Mahmood, and Wendy Brown (2009);
Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity (2003);
Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter (1973); Genealogies of Religion:
Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam (1993); On Suicide
Bombing (2007). Professor Asad is the Shaykh Zayid Distinguished Visiting
Scholar at CAMES for Spring 2009-2010.

Monday May 17

5:00 pm

Auditorium B1, College Hall

Cinema Club: Neo-realist films

In Event on May 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm

AUB Cine Club invites you to the Neoreaslist cinema week with the screenings of the award-winning movies “Ladri Di Biciclette,” “Los Olvidados” and “Roma, Citta Aperta” on May 17th, 18th and 20th at 7:30 pm in West Hall. Tickets are for 3,000 LL.

Below is the detailed schedule of the event as well as a brief synopsis of the movies.
Hope to see you there!
-Cine Club Cabinet.


– Monday, May 17, 2010 in Bathish:

“Ladri Di Biciclette” by Vittoria De Sica. (93 minutes)

The Bicycle Thieves (English)


7:15 – 7:30 pm (Gathering and Buying Tickets)

7:30 – 9:03 pm (Screening)

Year 1948 – Italian with English subtitles.

– Tuesday, May 18, 2010 in Auditorium B:
“Los Olvidados” by Luis Bunuel. (85 minutes)
The Forgotten Ones (English)

7:15 – 7:30 pm (Gathering and Buying Tickets)

7:30 pm – 8:55 pm (Screening)

Year 1950 – Spanish with English Subtitles.

– Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Auditorium B:
“Roma, Citta Aperta ” by Roberto Rossellini. (100 minutes)
Rome, Open City (English)


7:15 – 7:30 pm (Gathering and Buying Tickets)

7:30- 9:10 pm (Screening)

Year 1945 – Italian with English Subtitles.


The Bicycle Thief

The recipient of international acclaim, Vittorio de Sica’s Italian Neorealist masterwork, THE BICYCLE THIEF, is a treasure of world cinema. After nearly two years of unemployment, Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) finally finds work posting bills. But he needs a bicycle to do the job. Unfortunately, he was forced to pawn his own bicycle long ago. In a humbling, tragic scene, Antonio exchanges his family’s linen for his bicycle. But when the bike is stolen on his first day of work, he must comb the streets of Rome in search of the bike: his family’s only means to survival. After three days of hunting, Antonio and his son, Bruno (Enzo Staiola), find the thief (Vittorio Antonucci)–but without witnesses or evidence, the police are unwilling to help Antonio. Hopeless, Antonio and Bruno wander aimlessly through Rome, landing outside of a soccer stadium where hundreds of bicycles are parked. His will broken, Antonio attempts to steal a bike but is caught in the act.

Los Olvidados:

The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Luis Bunuel’s Los Olvidados was the director’s first international box-office success. The story concerns a gang of juvenile delinquents, whose sole redeeming quality is their apparent devotion to one another. The audience immediately identifies with Pedro, who evinces a spark of decency; yet Pedro, like the others, remains a victim of circumstances far beyond his control.

Rome, Open City:

Roberto Rossellini’s OPEN CITY (ROMA CITTA APERTA) is a landmark in the history of cinema. Based on real events, it tells the harrowing story of several Italian Resistance fighters battling fascism in Nazi-occupied Rome. When Gestapo agents raid an apartment where Manfredi, a prominent member of the underground, is hiding, they arrest the young man who gave him refuge. Manfredi manages to escape, then enlists the help of a parish priest, Don Pietro (Aldo Fabrizi), to make a clandestine delivery to other members of the movement.

Reserve your tickets for this one-night AUB Performance!!

In Event, Fine Arts, Theater on May 12, 2010 at 12:26 pm

As already over 250 tickets are gone and we stop at 350…

please make sure to reserve a ticket if you are planning to come

reservations at : Suzanne Itani: 03-384945 or email

THANK YOU ! The 777 production team

PS: ALL  reserved tickets must be picked up by 6:30 pm same night  at the Dome

Opens at 6pm……show starts at 7pm!

Witness the seven deadly sins : pride, envy,greed,wrath, gluttony, lust & sloth transform  into  visual dreams in this  Performance Art Event from the Fine Arts Department of AUB.
A journey of mute movements with sound and light – questioning both their religious context and the viewer’s own ‘sins’, choreographed by Visiting Professor Cornelia Krafft.

A one time event, hosted by Solidere Beirut.

‘7 Sins / 7 Dreams / 7pm’  Friday MAY 21, The Dome, Downtown.

For more information call (03 384945). Free admission.

ENTRANCE Gates close @7pm  !!!