​Recent E​vents

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For more information on our recent events and collaborations from Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 click here.

​​​​​Upcoming Events

​LECTURE:"US Policy in Transition in the Middle East" with Mara Karlin


Thursday, June 20 2019 | 2:00 PM | Issam Fares Institute (IFI)

Trump may talk about the Middle East differently than Obama did, but the two seem to share the view that the United States is too involved in the region and should devote fewer resources and less time to it. And there is every reason to believe that the next president will agree.​ Discussing ideas put forward in her recent article in Foreign Affairs, "America's Middle East Purgatory", Mara Karlin will give a talk on looking at the big picture of the United States policy in transition in the Middle East. ​

This talk will also be the second lecture in a collaborative initiative ​undertaken by CASAR and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), entitled Policy and Politics of the Americas. For more information on the lecture and debate series, scroll down below.

Mara KarlinAssociate Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings InstitutionKarlin was also an U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development from 2015 to 2016.

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As we close out the 2018-2019 school year, we are excited to announce three events series which will be taking place in the coming year. Follow us on social media and stay tuned for more details.

​​​Arts in the Americas


​Serving as the overall theme for CASAR’s 2019-2020 programming, Arts in the Americas will be an inter-disciplinary event series featuring exhibitions, panels, talks, performances, and other projects that manifest the richness and diversity of the cultural and artistic history of the Americas. True to our expansive vision of American studies, these events will treat America as not only the United States, but as the swath of land that spans from the Canadian A​rctic to Tierra del Fuego, and they will emerge from fields as diverse as public health, business, science and medicine, as well as the humanities and social sciences. We are in the process of finalizing the details for various performances and exhibitions, and reviewing the proposals that we received in our recen​t open call.​​

Women, Writing, and Madness

Women_Writing_Madness.jpgIn collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies initiative at AUB​ and in conjunction with the course, “AMST275AN: Women and Madness in American Literature,” we are planning a series of workshops, lectures, and performances around the theme of Women, Writing, and Madness. Taking madness not as an objective fact or medical diagnosis, but instead as an experience of and metaphor for going against the grain of accepted societal norms, this series explores how and why madness has had continued relevance in the lives and writing of female authors both in the Americas and transnationally. Through workshops, the series will also offer students hands-on opportunities to write and explore the way that the experience of madness may mediate the process of developing one’s authoritative voice.​

​Policy and Politics in the Americas


The Policy and Politics in the Americas lecture and debate series is a collaborative initiative being undertaken by the Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)​​ and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Featuring both lectures and debates, the series will bring scholars, diplomats, journalists, policymakers and public intellectuals to AUB in order to expand our understanding of the current political and policy landscape of the Americas.