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Welcome to Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)! 


Welcome to American University of Beirut's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research. CASAR is dedicated to increasing international understanding primarily by increasing knowledge of the United States in the Middle East. CASAR pursues this goal through interdisciplinary teaching and research in American Studies -- focusing through a broad range of issues including the historical, cultural, and political  issues -- and through outreach efforts such as conferences and public lectures. The Center's efforts are continuously evolving. It currently offers a Minor in American Studies. For more information about CASAR and its activities, please select one of the categories on the left.

Upcoming Events 


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"What Waste Reveals about Capitalism’s Crisis State" , by Michelle Yates, Assistant professor of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Columbia College Chicago. This lecture will take place at Conference A in Building 37 (behind the old Lee Observatory) at 5 pm.

Mission and Statement 

CASAR aims at establishing and maintaining a world-class locus of activity and exchanging of ideas for an interdisciplinary community of researchers, teachers, students and others in the Middle East interested in building further understanding of American institutions and practices (political, social, economic, cultural) and the complex contextual realities in which these institutions and practices have developed and currently exist.
  • Professor Steven Salaita, the Edward Said Chair of American Studies, speakes on "Democracy Now" on 7 October 2015.
  • Watch video of Steven Salaita's talk on "Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Academic Freedom," on 14 September 2015 which was sponsored by CASAR [part one], [part two
  • Steven Salaita, the Edward Said Chair of American Studies, is pleased to announce the release of his new book entitled "Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Academic Freedom
  • Proceedings volumes of CASAR's first, second and third conferences are now availabe at cost. More info.
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Contact Us 

American University of Beirut / CASAR
PO Box: 11-0236 Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020 Lebanon

Tel: (961)1  374374, ext 4195

Fax: (961)1 744461


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