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Unpacking Lebanon’s political complexities

January 31, 2014

With 18 religious groups recognized in parliament, a complicated confessional system and a myriad of political upheavals, Lebanon is sometimes a tricky place for even Middle Eastern political analysts to understand. In his new book, The Government and Politics of Lebanon, published by Routledge, Dr. Imad Salamey, associate professor of political science, hopes to dispel some of the clouds that surround Lebanon’s political system. LAU put a few questions to Salamey following his recent book signing ceremony at the International Arab Book Fair to learn more.

Reach a Child, Teach a Child

January 17, 2014

Dr. Irma-Kaarina Ghosn, associate professor at the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the Institute for Peace and Justice Education, has recently published a book for teachers. The handbook, Reach a Child—Teach a Child: Creating caring, child-friendly and engaging learning environments, is the result of a two-year teacher development project involving 30 teachers from schools in North Lebanon. LAU sat down with Ghosn to learn more.

Why did you write this handbook?

Award-winning Computing

January 3, 2014

Dr. Sanaa Sharafeddine, an associate professor of Computer Science at LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences, was recently decorated with a L’Oreal-UNESCO Pan Arab Regional Fellowship Award in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of computer science.

Furnishing the Future

January 3, 2014

ASHA grants provide LAU with equipment, furniture to enhance student life

LAU is always looking for ways to enhance the student experience. Besides delivering innovative and challenging degree programs, the university seeks to ensure that its facilities and physical surroundings help nurture student talent. With technology evolving on an almost daily basis, however, the needs of the LAU community are constantly changing.

Simulating the best care

December 23, 2013

A heavily pregnant woman called Mountaha Droubi has been admitted to hospital complaining of a bad headache. As two doctors take in the details of her ailments, she is crippled by stomach pain and becomes disoriented. When the expectant mother begins to convulse, the doctors know they must react quickly to save her life and that of her baby.

Taking Leadership Home

December 22, 2013

After three months of learning about leadership, it was time for members of the Leaders for Democracy (LDF) Fellowship Arabic Program to take their talents back home.

At a closing ceremony on December 10, 22 participants from 11 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries came together a final time to reflect on their new skills.

Fast-tracking Lebanon as a fashion capital

November 25, 2013

LAU, ELIE SAAB and the London College of Fashion (LCF) have partnered to support the region’s most exciting fashion design program.

The agreement was signed by LAU President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra and Head of LCF Dr. Frances Corner in a ceremony at the college’s campus in central London on November 5.

It is the first major strategic partnership in the field of fashion design between a prominent international fashion house, a leading American univeristy in the Middle East and a globally recognized fashion college.

Reporting Women

November 9, 2013

If you type the words “women should” into Google, you’re likely to find some unsettling answers that demonstrate just how widespread gender bias still is. The following are only a few examples of suggested answers from the month of November, based on popular searches by other Internet users: “Women should not work, women should serve men, women should not be in combat, women should not preach.” Unfortunately, Google searches in Arabic deliver similar results.

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