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Jawdat Haydar’s Unique School of Thought

In the second event this year honoring Lebanese poet Jawdat Haydar, the School of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Friends of Jawdat Haydar hosted a talk by Dr. Ramzi Salti, a lecturer in Arabic Studies at Stanford University. Dr. Salti spoke about the poet’s unique school of thought, his work that straddled two cultures, and his progressive views of women and his proclamation of gender quality. The lecture was followed by a visit to the Jawdat R. Haydar Memorial Study Room.

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New Book Release

On November 24, LAU’s Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution held a book launch of Contemporary Islamist Perspectives on International Relations: Mainstream Voices from the Sunni and Shii Arab World by Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Sami Baroudi. In a panel discussion with Dr. Mohanad Hage Ali (BS ‘99; MA ‘05), director of communications and senior fellow at Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, Dr. Baroudi spoke about salient topics in his book and the relationship between political Islam and international relations. 

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LAU President Makes the Case for a Liberal Arts Education

Speaking at the Times Higher Education (THE) MENA Universities Summit in Kuwait, President Michel E. Mawad gave a compelling argument on how LAU revamped its liberal arts and sciences program to “capture the spirit of the major problems that our world is facing.” By bringing the liberal arts and civic engagement together, LAU aims to enhance student employability and address the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Congrats to the Women’s National Volleyball Team

The Lebanese Women’s National Volleyball Team won the West Asia Championship on November 23, defeating the host country, Jordan, 3-0. Among the champs are LAU students Aya Maria Matar, Mirna Cheikho and Iman Safa, and alumna Sara Akkari (BS ’18). They were coached by LAU Varsity Team Coach Elie Nar. Cheikho also won the MVP title while Safa earned the Best Setter title.

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LAU Historian Honors Beirut Female Seminary Founder

Former VP and author of Sarah and Her Sisters Bob Stoddard drove over 400 miles this fall to visit the home church of Eliza D. Everett, the pioneer behind the Beirut Female Seminary – a predecessor of LAU. The First Congregational Church members in Painesville, Ohio, were amazed and inspired to learn how Everett had revolutionized female secondary education for Arabic-speaking girls in the late 19th century.

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Graduate Studies and Research Prospects Available for LAUers in Germany

In partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Office of International Services (OIS) at LAU hosted an information session about available scholarships for graduate programs and research opportunities in Germany. DAAD Regional Director Benjamin Schmaeling presented to a full house of LAU faculty, staff and students on Beirut campus.

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LAU Signs Agreement with Matrix /SAS to Offer New Executive Diploma

As the use of data science, deep learning and artificial intelligence sweeps across industries, LAU’s Academy of Continuing Education has launched a 15-month stackable executive diploma for mastering these skills. To that end, an academic collaboration agreement was signed with Matrix Data Science and AI Academy, and SAS – a leader in business analytics software and services – whose software platforms are essential for course delivery.

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Engineering Faculty Among the World’s Top-Cited Researchers

A recent report of the world’s top two percent scientists by Stanford researcher John Ioannidis has included six School of Engineering faculty: Dean and Professor Michel El Khoury, Professor Chadi Abou Rjeily, Professor Wissam Fawaz, Professor Wassim Habchi, Professor Lina Karam, and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and Professor Samer Saab. Their ranking attests to the school’s efforts in knowledge transfer, as they make up half of the total LAUers listed in the report.

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SOE Collaboration with Synopsys Gains Momentum

Forging ahead with an academic partnership, SOE Dean Michel Khoury and ECE Department Chair Dani Tannir recently met with Synopsys VP of Engineering Weikai Sun along with SiliconCedars founder Paul Tauk. The collaboration with Synopsys, a leading company in the electronic design automation of integrated circuits, will include assistance to the school’s programs through software tools, research and senior project support, in addition to potential internship and employment opportunities for students.

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Dr. El Hajj’s Publication Most Cited in Life Writing

A publication by Assistant Professor of Creative and Journalistic Writing Sleiman El Hajj, Writing (from) the Rubble: Reflections on the August 4, 2020 Explosion in Beirut, is a collective memoir that became the most cited article published in Life WritingThe memoir has now been read over 2,700 times, and its emphasis on multivalent modes of illness informs Dr. El Hajj’s ongoing book project Illness Writing in Lebanon: Converging Pathologies and Lived Narratives Since August 4, 2020. Dr. El Hajj has also been involved in the Write to Remember project aimed at helping youth come to terms with the trauma. 

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