The NYUAD Institute is a center of advanced research, scholarly and creative activity, and public workshops. Institute programs facilitate discussion between academics, students, professionals, and leaders from the UAE and from around the world.
The Worlds Freshwater Resources Challenges And Opportunities
October 6, 2020
Freshwater is vital for human and environmental health, industrial activities and food production, the production and use of energy, and much more.
As human populations and economies grow, pressure on limited water resources are also growing, leading to a variety of challenging problems, including water scarcity and pollution, water-related diseases, ecological disruptions, and even social and political conflict.
This presentation provides an overview of current challenges associated with the world's freshwater resources, a vision of a more positive and sustainable future, and pathways to achieve that future.
Peter H. Gleick, President Emeritus and Co-founder, Pacific Institute
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Plague And Contagion In The Premodern Muslim Mediterranean
September 22, 2020
Muslims have been familiar with infectious disease since the time of the Prophet in the seventh century.
This talk reviews the diversity of Muslim views on contagion and plague within the context of Islamic law, Sufism, and medicine. What did Muslim scholars say about how one should respond to the challenge of a pandemic, how did Muslims actually respond, and how do we know?
These questions have clear contemporary relevance in this time of the coronavirus and throw the stakes of framing the history of Muslim responses to contagious disease into stark relief.
Justin Stearns, Associate Professor in Arab Crossroads Studies, NYUAD
As Far As Isolation Goes A Conversation With Tania El Khoury
September 29, 2020
Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury is known for her genre-bending interactive live artworks performed in unique spaces and concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters.
El Khoury discusses her latest micro-theater work, As Far as Isolation Goes (Online), which explores the mental health of asylum seekers through one-on-one zoom performances, as well as other works that redefine the role of the audience as an active participant.
Tania El Khoury, Live Artist; Co-director, MA in Human Rights & The Arts, Bard College
In conversation with Joanna Settle, Arts Professor and Program Head of Theater, NYUAD
In collaboration with The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
What On Earth They Saying
October 4, 2020
Award-winning author and journalist Charles Siebert discusses his many experiences visiting with, and writing about, non-human animals, and what they reveal to us about themselves and us.
Through his interludes with everyone from a former cellist in an all-chimpanzee circus orchestra; to an octopus escape artist; to elephant and whale ventriloquists; to traumatized orphaned parrots who heal equally traumatized war veterans, Siebert introduces us to the animal within all humans; the common biology and languages we share with other beings; and the costs of failing to ask "What On Earth Are They Saying."
Charles Siebert, Professor of Practice of Literature and Creative Writing, NYUAD
In Collaboration with 19 Washington Square North, NYU Abu Dhabi in New York
The US Election And The Future Of Global Populism
October 20, 2020
Donald Trump was elected in 2016 riding a wave of global populism. His first term has marked a turn toward isolationism, nationalism, and attacks on domestic and international institutions. How will the COVID-19 epidemic and racial protests in the US affect the outcome of the upcoming US election, and what implications will this have for geopolitics?
Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Mosbacher Director, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law; Director, Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, Stanford University
In Collaboration with NYU Washington, DC
How And Why Immigrant Muslim Communities Are Losing Women
September 27, 2020
Nearly half of Muslim Americans never attend the mosque and have very few Muslim friends. How and why does “unmosquing” happen and to whom?
Eman Abdelhadi traces second-generation immigrants’ engagement with Muslim communities using life history interviews and presents four trajectories that emerge from these data. Abdelhadi finds that while most Muslim Americans are heavily embedded in Muslim communities during childhood, the majority wander away during adolescence and early adulthood.
In later stages, however, men tend to return while women tend to stay away. This talk discusses the ways that women and men’s experiences differ both in the family and in formal Muslim spaces, explaining these divergent pathways.
Eman Abdelhadi, Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago