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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



Final Irritations: Performances

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2010 at 9:23 am


From FAAH students for the last time this semester….


based on Franz Kafka: “The trial”

22.1.2010 – 4:30 pm

watch out  at  Maingate

Exhibition: Walid Sadek at Beirut Art Center

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Place at Last
A solo exhibition by Walid Sadek
A solo exhibition by Emily Jacir

Opening of the exhibitions: Wednesday January 27, from 6pm to 9pm

The exhibitions are on view until April 9, 2010

For more information, click here


In Uncategorized on January 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

You are cordially invited to see the two plays which relate to FAAH 283 Sec.I and FAAH 283 Sec. II

*      Bomb-Soire” (a devised theatre piece), created by the class of FAAH 283 section 1 on Thursday January 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm in West Hall, Bathish Auditorium

*      An adaptation of scenes taken from “The Good Dr.” by Neil Simon. It is put on the stage by the class of FAAH 283 section 2 on Friday January 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm in West Hall, Bathish Auditorium

All are welcome

Adoni Maluf

Lecture: Where is the Modern in Post-Modern? And Other Problems in Contemporary Arts from the Middle East

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies and The Department of Fine Arts and Art History American University of Beirut

Cordially invite you to a lecture

“‘Where is the Modern in Post-Modern?’ And other Problems in Contemporary Arts from the Middle East”


Professor Sussan Babaie

Professor Sussan Babaie is a Fulbright Regional Scholar at the American University in Cairo and Cairo University, and in Syria at the Ministry of Culture for 2009-2010. Professor Babaie received her Ph.D. in Fine Arts from New York University in 1994 and has held positions as Assistant Professor at the Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan; Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Art, Smith College and Lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts and Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University. In 2010-2011, she will be the Allianz Visiting Professor for Islamic Studies at Faculty of the History of the Arts, University of Munich. Professor Babaie’s publications include: Isfahan and its Palaces: Statecraft, Shi‘ism and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran (2008) which won the 2009 Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award at the Middle East Studies Association; Visual Modernity and the Architectural Mnemonics of the Metropole in the Middle East (forthcoming); “Visual Vestiges of Travel: Persian Windows on European Weaknesses,” Journal of Early Modern History 13 (2009); “The Ali Qapu Palace.” Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd ed. (2007) and Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran, co-editor and co-author of the introduction with Kathryn Babayan, Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe, and Massumeh Farhad; sole author of Chapter 4 (2004).

Wednesday January 27, 2010

Auditorium C, West Hall

6:00 PM

Lecture: Why is Art Critical to Public Discourse?

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm

The Anis Makdisi Program in Literature Invites you to a lecture
Daniel Nolan
Comparative Literature
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Why is Art Critical to Public Discourse?

Introduced by
Dr. Joshua Andresen

Friday, January 29, 2010

College Hall, B1 at 4:00 p.m.

The Anis Makdisi Program in Literature
College Hall 450
Ext.: 4080

Continuing Performance Series

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Please join us at our continuing performance series about guilt / innocence / jurisdiction, by students of the FAAH Department.


based on Franz Kafka: “The trial”

Wed., 20.1.2010 – 4pm :NICEY #409-  going on onto Green Oval ( 1 film & 3 performances)

Fri.,   22.1.2010 – 4:30 pm  : watch out on campus- area Maingate! ( 4 performance)

Ceramics and Drawing: Exhibition

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm

You are invited to an exhibition of our  students art work in FAAH courses
201 and 215 in the Gallery space , serial section of Jafet library.
The exhibit will run from Friday January 15 till February 26, 2010

Screening and Exhibition

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm
The Department of Fine Arts and Art History of the American University of Beirut
would like to cordially invite you to the screening of the documentary from

January 14th, 2010 at 6pm in West Hall / Bathish auditorium

The film follows an all-male group of adult inmates residing in Roumieh Prison, who experienced the pioneer practice of Drama Therapy/Theatre in 2008-2009, led by a female drama therapist.

For 15 months, the inmates rehearsed for the production of 12 Angry Lebanese, an adaptation of Reginald Rose’s screen play12 Angry Men and performed it for an external audience at the end of the project.

In the film, the drama therapy sessions, the interviews with the inmates, and the interaction with both director and audience, convey a message of hope, forgiveness and change. Through their artistic journey, these “murderers, drug dealers and rapists” reveal kindness and faith in life.

After the film and discussion, there will be a display of student work
from the FAAH courses “Design in Theater” and “Performance Art”
based on the Reginald Rose screenplay.

The display will be on the first floor of West Hall.

12 Angry Lebanese – Film Screening

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm

The Department of Fine Arts and Art History of the American University of Beirut would like to cordially invite you to the screening of the documentary from„12 Angry Lebanese“ by Zeina Daccache on Thursday ,January 14th, 2010 at 6pm