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​​News 2022-2023                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "A ​​​​Thousand Strange Places" Play set to Premiere in San Francisco​

“A Thousand Strange Places" will have its world premiere on April 10, 2023 at the Potrero Stage in San Francisco. The play is produced by Golden Thread Theatre in conjuction with CASAR and the American University of Beirut and directed by Golden Thread artistic director and AUB assistant professor of theatre Sahar Assaf. The play will run from April 10 until April 30.​


​CASAR Collaboration with AUB ​University Libraries​

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In efforts recognizing the importance of developing the library digital collections, CASAR has agreed to fund a new project by the University Libraries aimed to digitize and make available online an interesting collection of AUB early publications housed at the Archives and Special Collections at the libraries. These publications are important to study the early encounter of the American missionaries with the Lebanese Intellectuals during late 19th Century and early 20th Century. They reveal the intellectual and religious discourse introduced by the missionaries and discussed by local communities in Syria and Lebanon.


CASAR Grants Support Projects in the Science​s

The CASAR Internal Advisory Committe and CASAR Director have decided to fund three projects next spring (2022) all of which are concerned with the field of the sciences. Professor Faraj Hasanayn's project titled “Green Chemistry: A Need to Understand the Mechanism of CO2 Insertion into the Metal Hydride Bond of Octahedral Transition Metal Catalysts" seeks to understand the nature of a fundamental reaction at the heart of an emerging area in catalysis that is of great importance in green synthesis and environmental chemistry as well as renewable energy. Professor Nabil Nassif's project titled “Identification of Gas Diffusion Coefficients in Polar Firn to Mitigate Climate Change”  intends to use state of the art tools of inverse problems for partial differential equations to capture hidden parameters using data extracted from firns’ measurements. This project attempts to study the abstract aspects of the direct and inverse problems associated with the already constructed mathematical model and construct​ robust, efficient, and fast solvers for the direct and inverse problems. Finally, Professor Antoine Ghauch's project titled “REIIE: Reducing Environmental Impact of Industrial Effluents” ​is said to complement current research work undertaken in the laboratory on the degradation of hazardous chemicals found in industrial effluents.​

International Advisory Board​ Reconvened with New and Returning Members

After a period of inactivity, CASAR reconvened the International Advisory Board (IAB). The new IAB is comprised of six esteemed scholars from various universities in Egypt and the United States.  Among the returning members are Marwan Kraidy, a leading authority on Arab Media and the newly appointed Dean and CEO of Northwestern University-Qatar; Mounira Soliman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University; and Moustafa Bayoumi, award-winning author and Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. The new members of the IAB are David Shumway, cultural ​theorist and Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University; Robert Reid-Pharr, Professor of both Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and African and African American Studies at Harvard University; and Marcia Inhorn, medical anthropologist, specialist on the Middle East and gender, and Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University.​ The board's first meeting in June 2020 served to define significant areas of focus and paths forward for the center. CASAR is looking forward to benefitting from the insights and support of these accomplished scholars as it navigates a very challenging period for the university, the country, and the globe.

​​New Volume on Syrian Playwright Sa'adallah Wannous From Cambridge University Press

 


​​The Theatre of Sa'dallah Wannous: A Critical Study of the Syrian Playwright and Public Intellectual​ ​(http://services.cambridge.org/af/academic/subjects/arts-theatre-culture/drama-and-theatre-general-interest/theatre-sadallah-wannous-critical-study-syrian-playwright-and-public-intellectual?format=HB&isbn=9781108838566%E2%80%8B ​) was published by​ Cambridge University Press in 2021. Co-edited by CASAR Director Robert Myers and Professor of English Literature Sonja Mejcher-Atass​i, this volume contains articles by Marvin Carlson (CUNY), Edward Ziter (NYU), Margaret Litvin (Boston University), Zeina Halabi (AUB), Nada Saab (LAU), Sahar Assaf (AUB) and a number of other renowned scholars and artists. The volume grew out of a conference at AUB entitled “On Wannous,” which was co-sponsored by CASAR and celebrated the acquisition by AUB’s Jafet Library of the private library of Sa’dallah Wannous.​ It is first book in English to provide a clear sense of the significance and complexity of Wannous' life and work. It is unique in bringing cross-disciplinary scholarship on Wannous together and aligning it with cultural practice and memory by including contributions from leading academics as well as renowned cultural figures from the Arab world. This volume should be of interest to literary and theatre studies scholars, cultural historians, theatre practitioners and anyone who cares about contemporary theatre, Syria and the Arab world. Collectively, the contributions demonstrate the role of cultural production - especially dramatic literature - in providing a portrait of and shaping a culture in the throes of profound transformation. The ​following podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sadallah-wannous-and-the-many-dimensions-of-arab-theatre/id1555137368?i=1000519667357 with Robert Myers discusses this volume and is part of a series called "Professors at Work" initiated by Rami Khouri, professor of journalism at AUB - tune in for more information!

​Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes 


Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this grant will be used for the creation of a Global Humanitie​s Institute (GHI) during the summer of 2021. This is the fifth GHI to be funded by the CHCI-Mellon partnership, and it will focus on the topic of “Climate Justice and Problems of Scale." The institute will also serve as the culmination of CASAR's 2020-2021 year of climate-themed programming, “Environments East and West." This exciting initiative is a collaboration between CASAR and five other humanities centers across the globe: the Humanities Institute (University of Texas at Austin), the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (University of Pretoria), the Sydney Environmental Institute (University of Sydney), the Institute for Humanities Research (Arizona State University), and the Humanities Center (Carnegie Mellon).​


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 on Huckleberry Finn, his revolutionary zeal, his lectures on his years working in the steel mills of Gary, Indiana and the theories of C. L. R. James, and his relentless struggle against the destructive fiction of whiteness. He will be sorely missed, but his ideas will live on in the pages of the journal Race Traitor and his renowned study How the Irish Became White.  ​Read Ignatiev's obituary in The New York Times and a tribute by one of his former students in The New Yorker:



​​​CASAR forms first international working group responding to the loss and legacy of famed journalist, Anthony Shadid

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CASAR has created the first of several international working groups on issues related to the Middle East and the Americas to study the work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning  Lebanese-American journalist, Anthony Shadid, who passed away in 2012. The working group, a new initiative created in 2017 by CASAR's director from 2016-2018, Amy Zenger, was organized by Zenger, an AUB associate professor of English who has written extensively on writing, rhetoric and race; the renowned journalist Rami Khouri , who is an adjunct professor of media at AUB; CASAR's current director, Robert Myers ; and Kaoukab Chebaro, assistant professor and associate university librarian for special collections at AUB. The working group, which will include international scholars, journalists and artists, will draw on the extraordinary archives of Anthony Shadid, housed at AUB's Jafet Library, and overseen by Rami Khouri and Kaoukab Chebaro, to teach journalism and writing, develop a range of new pedagogical tools, create a theatrical performance about Shadid's life and career, and develop films and media on Shadid's work, as well as a number of other important projects.​

CASAR's International Symposium: Localizing Transnational American Stud​ies​

This symposium was a meeting of American studies scholars from locations all over the world, such as South Korea, Denmark, Egypt, and Italy, which took place in the spring of 2018. This symposium was an opportunity to discuss, explore, and develop practical and theoretical methods for grounding the increasingly sprawling field of transnational American studies in specific, localized realities. Amy Zenger will be editing a volume based in part on the conference.


 









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