The AUB Issam Fares Institute received a generous endowment from the Makdisi family to honor the memory of Nadim A. Makdisi, one of Lebanon's accomplished journalists and publishers. Issam Fares Institute is honored to host the Nadim Makdisi Memorial Fund (NMMF) to support media and journalism students and research at AUB. Nadim Makdisi was born in 1921 in New York, the son of the late AUB professor Anis Makdisi and Selma Khoury. Dr. Makdisi an AUB student, completed his education at Columbia University and the American University, where he obtained a PhD in mass communications.
Dr. Nadim Makdisi had a long and prolific professional career in media and mass communications which included working for Lebanese, Arab and American news media, including the Christian Science Monitor, the BBC, and TeleLiban in Lebanon. He created the first business magazine to cover the Arab region, "Alam Attijara".
A World War II veteran, Makdisi's adventurous spirit lead him to work as a cab driver in New York City in order to discover the stories of the city. Makdisi established 2 programs at AUB; in 1996, the Pauline Nadim Makdisi Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of his wife, who died of cancer in 1990, and with his brother, AUB Economics Professor and former Minister Samir Makdisi, the Anis Makdisi Program in Literature at AUB.
Grants and Lecture
The Nadim Makdisi Memorial Fund has two components:
- Invites a prominent journalist or expert in current affairs to give an annual public lecture at AUB;
- Offers AUB students writing their thesis on contemporary issues in journalism and current affairs
a research grant.