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.
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?
Research into eating disorders is not only thin on the ground in Lebanon, it is completely nonexistent. When Dr. Nadine Zeeni joined LAU as assistant professor and coordinator of the Nutrition Department in 2009, having found no research on the illnesses in the country, she decided to start her own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 36,000 amateur and professional runners from across the world took part in the race on Sunday November 10, with many running for charity. LAU set a record for the highest university representation, with over 1,200 LAU students, alumni, faculty and staff lacing up their running shoes.
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.
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.