For more information on this year's theme, ENVIRONMENTS EAST AND WEST, click here. For more information on our ongoing collaborative initiative with the Issam Fares Institute (IFI), Policy and Politics in the Americas, click here.
A one-person performance illuminating Lee Atwater's controversial role
leading to George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential victory
over Michael Dukakis and igniting today's polarized politics.
Friday, October 30, 2020 | Noon EST / 6PM Beirut
Zoom link: tinyurl.com/atwater-fixintodie
Written by Professor Robert Myers, AUB
Performed by Daniel Abeles - New York City
Directed by Ian Morgan - the New Group, New York City
Discussion to follow with playwright Robert Myers and Susan Estrich,
USC law professor, 1988 Dukakis campaign manager
Co-sponsored by AUB's Center for American Studies and Research,
Theater Initiative , and Global Engagement Initiative, Debs Center, New York City
PANEL: "The 2020 US Elections: Shifting Trends and Demographics"
Thursday October 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Beirut time)
The upcoming United States presidential elections which will take place on November 3 is sure to be one of the most contentious in recent US history. The political crescendo has been building up since the Democratic Party primaries, which led to the nomination of former VP Joseph Biden to take on incumbent President Donald Trump.
What is at stake in this year's US elections? Will a Biden win be able to roll back many of the policies of the Trump administration like the Paris Agreement, the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), environmental deregulation, and corporate tax breaks? Will the US reengage with international institutions, like the UN and make-up with traditional allies like NATO? Or will a Trump reelection continue to take the US into international isolation to appease his narrow nationalist base?
This webinar will focus on the chances of the two candidates to reach the White House, based on the latest polls, the swing states, demographics, and the campaigns’ performances and strategies. The discussion will also focus on the policies of both candidates regarding Middle East issues and how these positions are affecting the Arab/Muslim vote and political choices, as well as the growing didivision in voters' attitudes about race and gender. attitudes about race and gender.
This event is organized by the Issam Fares Institute and co-hosted by the NY-AUB Global Engagement Initiative and CASAR as part of The Policy and Politics in the Americas Initiative.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_giY2sDNASlKWjzqTSIoqbQ?utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=20201022_US_elections_first_webinar&utm_medium=email
This event will also be live-streamed on IFI's Facebook Page: https://fb.me/e/3wmEHth3p
PLAY: The Foreigner (POSTPONED)
April 1-4 | 7:30 PM | Bathish Auditorium West Hall, AUB
The Foreigner is a 1984 award-winning, two-act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue. The play is directed by Nadia Hassan and produced in collaboration with the Theater Initiative at AUB.
LECTURE: “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)
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).
PERFORMANCE: The Belle of Amherst
October 17, 18, 19 | 20:30 PM | Zoukak Theater
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.
CONCERT : 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
The 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.
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"
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: "2019 Rugby World Cup: Rugby in the US & the Middle East"
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.
For more information on our recent events and collaborations from Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 click here.