Events

​2019-2020 Events​

​​For more information on this year's theme, Arts in the Americas, click here​. For more information on our ongoing collaborative initiative with the Issam Fares Institute (IFI), Policy and Politics in the Americas, click here​.

Spring 2020

AA_Logo.pngDISCUSSION & READING : Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley,​ American poet and Professor of English at Rutgers University - New Brunswick

DISCUSSION: Monday, March 17 | 5:00 PM | College Hall B1

READING: Wednesday, March 18 |  Aaliya's Book Store (Gemmayze)

*Due to the suspension of classes & student activities at AUB, these events have been postponed until further notice.​

evie.jpgPoet, scholar, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Evie Shockley will visit AUB to hold an on-campus discussion of her poetric and critical work with AUB professors, and to give an off-campus reading of her poetry.

Evie Shockley is a two-time winner of the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award in Poetry in 2012, for the new black (2011), and in 2018, for semiautomatic (2017), which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. She has published three other collections of poetry—including a halfred sea (2006)—and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies internationally, with recent and forthcoming pieces in The Paris ReviewKenyon ReviewThe Black ScholarThe New Emily Dickinson StudiesNew Literary History, and the Poetry Foundation’s PoetryNow podcast series.


AA_Logo.pngDISCUSSION & READING: Marilyn Hacker

DISCUSSION: February 26 | 5:30 PM | College Hall Auditorium B1

READING: March 4 | 6:30 PM | Aaliya's Books (Gemmayze) 

*Due to the suspension of classes & student activities at AUB, this event has been postponed until April 8th.

On February 26th poet and translator Marilyn Hacker, Edward Said Chair 2019-2020, will discuss her work with Professor Sirene Harb and physician/poet/scientist Fouad M. Fouad​ under the title "Poetry, Translation, Crossing Borders." Is poetry perennially with us, in quotidian moments, in personal and political crisis.... and does it "translate" us as we read, and translate it?  Do poems change way we see the world, and how it sees us? Does their energy pass from language to language; does it open readers to the experience of others, and clarify their own? Following the discussion, there will be a separate, off-campus reading, moderated by Professor of Translation Studies, Rana Issa.

Marilyn Hacker was born in New York, has lived in London and in San Francisco, and now lives in Paris – and sometimes Beirut. She is the author of fourteen books of poems, including Blazons (2019), A Stranger's Mirror (2015) and Names (2010). Her seventeen translations of French and Francophone poets include Samira Negrouche's The Olive Trees' Jazz, just published by Pleiades Press, and Vénus Khoury-Ghata's A Handful of Blue Earth (2017). She received the 2009 American PEN Award for poetry in translation, the 2010 PEN Voelcker Award, and the international Argana Prize for Poetry from Beit as-Sh'ir in Morocco in 2011.


americas-official (1).pngLECTURE: “U.S.-Iranian policy and implications for the Middle East and for U.S. politics” ​

Mehran Kamrava, Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Thursday, February 6 | 5:00 PM | Issam Fares Institute Auditorium (Level B)

Mehran_Kamrava.jpgSince the Iranian revolution of 1979, the United States has sought to devise ways of dealing with what it has consistently considered “the Iranian threat”. This has manifested itself in outright military and intelligence support for Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s to “dual containment” in the 1990s to outright hostility and possibility of war since the start of the 2000s. This US hostility towered is driven by two primary factors. First, the US and its regional allies consider Iran a “malign” actor and a chronic source of instability. Second, there is pervasive Iranophobia among US policymakers, cultural pundits, and the general public. In the process, state and nonstate actors across the Middle East have found themselves to be pawns in a tense US-Iranian chess game in which tensions remain high and the possibility of open war ever-present.

Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author of a number of journal articles and books, including, most recently, Troubled Waters: Insecurity in the Persian Gulf (Cornell University Press, 2018); Inside the Arab State (Oxford University Press, 2018); The Impossibility of Palestine: History, Geography, and the Road Ahead (Yale University Press, 2016); Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (Cornell University Press, 2015); The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War, 3rd ed. (University of California Press, 2013); and Iran’s Intellectual Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2008). ​​


​​​​Fall 2019

AA_Logo.pngPERFORMANCE: The Belle of Amherst

​October 17, 18, 19 | 20:30 PM | Zoukak Theater 

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The Belle of Amherst gives its audience the opportunity to spend an evening with Emily Dickinson, face to face. Written using many of Dickinson’s poems, poem-letters and other correspondence from her life, we get a glimpse into the very private, seclusive world Miss Dickinson inhabited in Amherst, Massachusetts. Indeed, this imagined “visit” gives us a glimpse that she herself, an avowed recluse, would never have granted an audience in her lifetime. The playwright, William Luce, suggests Emily was a “seclusive individualist of the highest order.” His play allows us to meet Ms. Dickinson as she shares her own story and welcomes us into the “inner drama of a poet’s consciousness.” “The Belle of Amherst is a love affair with language, a celebration of all that is beautiful and poignant in life.

The Belle of Amherst is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, produced by the Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut with support from the Ithaca College Office of Sponsored Research and School of Humanities and Sciences, and co-sponsored by The Women and Gender Studies Initiative AUB.​

Actor: Kathleen Mulligan​
Director:​ Norm Johnson
Lighting and Projection Design: Kyle Stamm
Sound Design: Aria Sardella
Stage Management in New York: Kelsey Dunne, Rhys Kauffman
Production Manager in Beirut: Razan Abu Ismail
Dramaturge: David DeVries

This performance is co-sponsored by the Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) and the Women and Genter Studies Initiative at the American University of Beirut. For information about the private workshop series related to the performance, please check our page for CASAR's theme this year, Arts in the Americas​. ​


AA_Logo.pngCONCERT : Afro-Arabic Jazz Conceptions

Tarek Yamani Trio​, African-American jazz and Arabic music band

Wednesday, October 16 | 8:30 PM | Charles Hostler Amphitheater | Facebook Event​

Tarek_Yamani_Trio_1.jpgThe Tarek Yamani Trio closes the AUB Lunar Year Festival workshop series, "On The Moon", with a concert on Afro-Arabic Jazz Conceptions. The band consists of Tarek Yamani on piano, Makram Aboul Hosn on bass,  Khaled Yassine  on drums. 

Born and raised in Beirut, Tarek is a Lebanese-American, New York-based pianist who taught himself jazz at the age of 19. He has been dedicated to exploring relationships between African-American Jazz and classical Arabic music which are most evident in his second album "Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic", and in his newly released “Peninsular” which fuses jazz with quarter-tones and the rhythms of the Arabian Peninsula.​

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A recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition, the Baryshnikov Artist-in-Residence, the Huygens Scholarship, the Prins Bernhard Culture fund and the Abu Dhabi Festival Commission, Tarek has been part of three editions of the official International Jazz Day all-star concerts and performed in venues such as the Smithsonian Museum (DC), National Sawdust (NYC), Atrium at Lincoln Center (NYC), Boulez Saal (Berlin), MuCEM museum (Marseille), the United Nations Assembly Hall (NYC), Kings Place, Aaron Davis Hall, Melbourne Arts Center, Sejong Center for the Arts (Seoul), and Gran Teatro de la Habana (Cuba). For more information about the event or the band, please visit the Facebook Event page.

This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Department of Physics, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences (CAMS), and CASAR at AUB. For more information about the three-day workshop in astrophysics and the history of science, "On The Moon", please visit their Facebook Event page.


LECTURE: "Mexico 2019: Current Situation and Future Perspectives"​

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Jose Ignacio Madrazo Bolivar, Mexican Ambassador to Lebanon
Tuesday, September 24 2019 | 4:00 PM | IFI Auditorium (Level B) | Facebook Event​

Mexico is located in a geo-strategically privileged region at the center of the two most important economic axes of the planet: The Atlantic and the Pacific. It has several trade agreements with access to 46 countries and 1,200 million consumers which places it within the 20 largest economies in the world. In this context, Ambassador Madrazo discusses Mexico’s foreign policy agenda vis a vis migration, international cooperation, human rights, multilateral drug control regime, ​trade, investment, and climate change.


PANEL: "20​19 Rugby World Cup: Rugby in the US & the Middle East"

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​John Harris, ​Professor for Cultural Business & Associate Dean Research (Glasgow School for Business and Society)
Danyel Reiche, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics (AUB)
Axel Maugendre, PhD student (University of Strasbourg)
​Steve Wrigglesworth, Coach of the Lebanese National Rugby Union men's team
Wednesday, Sept 11 2019 | 4:30 PM | West Hall, Auditorium B

This panel discusses the global development of rugby union from a historical, sociological, and political perspective. On a global scale, rugby has been primarily driven by Commonwealth countries. We discuss its potential to globally spread across countries, social classes and gender.



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


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