American Univesity of Beirut

FAFS, AUB, and the Thawra: Beyond Protesting in the Streets by Patricia Nabti

The Lebanese Revolution is far more than participating in protests and holding placards to weed out corruption from government. The social transformation that is underway in Lebanon since October 17 gives AUB and other universities a special opportunity for direct civic engagement. In doing so, it gives immediacy to the application of Earth University's five Key Elements of Success – now a guiding force in transforming education at AUB:

  • Experiential Learning
  • Community Engagement  
  • Ethics and Values-based Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Education  
  • Conflict Resolution Through Dialogue


What role can FAFS and other faculties at AUB play in guiding, overseeing, and holding the ministries in their areas of expertise accountable? How can students, faculty, and alumni at AUB, in solidarity with their counterparts in other universities, support transformational change to address the urgent economic, social, and political problems in Lebanon?

In her presentation, Dr. Nabti proposed recommendations to students, faculty, and administrators to help in that effort, from her unique vantage point as:

  • A former student and professor at both Stanford and AUB,
  • An engaged contributor to Lebanese civil society for the past 21 years,
  • An active participant in the Thawra, and
  • A strong proponent of the comprehensive integration of learning and service at all levels of education ​​


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