American Univesity of Beirut

CVSP Brown Bag

The Civilization Studies Program (CVSP) Brown Bag is an informal discussion series which brings together graduate students and junior and senior faculty from AUB as well as independent and visiting scholars. Its mission is twofold: to be an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of works-in-progress and to open research at AUB in the humanities to the larger community. Typically, talks in the Brown Bag series last 30 minutes with ample time for discussion.

Featured speakers from previous years have included:

Tom De Georges (Harvard University / Centre d'Études Maghrébines, Tunis) "Tunisian Veterans' Benefits following the Second World War: Universal Rhetoric, Unequal Reality".

Mark Bayer (AUB, English Department) "Khaki Hamlets".

Noha Sadek (Independent Scholar, Beirut) "The Merchant, the Globe-trotter and the Sufi: Three Travelers in Medieval Yemen".

Jay Gupta (LAU, Philosophy) "Freedom of the Void: Hegel and Nietzsche on the Politics of Nihilism".

Paul Meers (AUB, CVSP/Music) "French facades, Italian interiors: the music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier".

Raid Samaha (AUB, CVSP) "Is Terrorism Morally Justified"?

Sirene Harb (AUB, English) "Slavery and the Reconstruction of Memory in Gayl Jones' Corregidora".

Muhammad Ali Khalidi (AUB, Philosophy) "Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism and Oriental Orientalism in the Interpretation of Islamic Philosophy".

David Wrisley (AUB, CVSP) "The Fall of Constantinople (1453) and 'Oriental History' at the Court of Burgundy".

Resident or visiting scholars or artists interested in presenting their work in this venue can contact Raed Samaha ( 

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