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Rami G. Khouri interviews AUB scholars about how their research findings clarify our world's mechanics and mysteries.

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Rami G. Khouri interviews AUB scholars about how their research findings clarify our world's mechanics and mysteries.

    Teaching young students science, nature…and civil argumentation

    Teaching young students science, nature…and civil argumentation

    Education Department Associate Professor Rola Khishfe has been training K-12 grade teachers how to teach students to argue, debate, and interact with one another on topics related to science and nature – in a way that allows them to disagree, but always in a civil manner. Evidence-based discussions on science and nature issues – like climate change, cloning, water resources, and many others – generate student interest because they impact people’s lives and usually generate solid arguments for and against basic points. She explains how her work promotes debates and argumentation anchored in facts, while also teaching young people to accept other students’ views because usually there are no explicitly right or wrong answers to seal a difference of opinion.

    • 23 min
    Cancer detection and protection…from the lab to the world

    Cancer detection and protection…from the lab to the world

    Dr Rihab Nasr, Tenured professor at the department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiological Sciences and director of cancer prevention and control program at the Naef K Basile Cancer Institute at the AUB Medical Center, has been internationally recognized for her breakthroughs in detecting leukemia and breast cancer at an early stage. She and her many colleagues’ and students’ innovations in early detection through simple blood tests promise good health and wellbeing for many people – but only, she explains, if the public education, policy-making, and commercial marketing worlds play their roles in working for the same aim.

    • 19 min
    The magical effect of writing and reading poetry

    The magical effect of writing and reading poetry

    Internationally renowned Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck’s new collection is published this week by Penguin Poets – the first Arab poet they publish. She graduated from AUB with BA and MA degrees, and has been recognized and published across the world. In this discussion, she explains how the title of this book, ‘O’, captures the ’o’ in body, love, God, mother, joy, ode, home, memory, Lebanon, and other dimensions of people’s lives. She reflects on how poetry amplifies the universal moments in life in the everyday sentiments and actions of people.

    • 27 min
    The Ukraine war’s real impact on food security in the ME and globally

    The Ukraine war’s real impact on food security in the ME and globally

    Food Security Program Director at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences Rami Zurayk analyzes the many dimensions of food security and insecurity, and how the Ukraine war has worsened stresses for many people around the world. Alongside Ukraine, he mentioned other factors that impact food availability, like climate change, sanctions, the Covid pandemic, local wars, and political economy decisions by predatory or corrupt governments in the north and south alike. Ukraine and Russia have reduced global food trade by just 3-5%, though grain importers like Lebanon and Egypt will suffer disproportionately. What’s the solution? Enshrine people’s right to a healthy diet, he says, and promote positive relationships between people and their landscapes, in order to safeguard both.

    • 27 min
    An AUB literary & arts journal “touches the human condition”

    An AUB literary & arts journal “touches the human condition”

    Ten years ago, English Department Lecturer in Creative Writing Rima Rantisi and some colleagues in a Hamra pub came up with the idea of launching a new student literary journal. Today, Rusted Radishes is published once a year in Arabic and English, and is open to AUB students and faculty and others across the Arab region. It has expanded beyond literary writing to include poetry, drama, essays, photography, graphics and other art forms. Rima Rantisi retraces this journey, which stresses training talented young writers and creative artists who address human, literary, political, artistic, and personal subjects, “without the interference of a censor – because literature and art get to the heart of issues that matter to people, and reflect the human condition.”
    The online selection of texts is at RustedRadishes.com, where the printed full version can be ordered.

    • 28 min
    From the English Department…resisting to escape the legacy of imperialism

    From the English Department…resisting to escape the legacy of imperialism

    Associate Professor of English Tariq Mehmood creates and teaches across a wide spectrum of original work, including poetry, novels for adolescents, films, documentaries, archival research, teaching and advising students, and analyzing, and now creating, video games. The new minor in video gaming at AUB aims to counter the gaming world’s prevalent global portrayal of people of color from the global South as terrorists to be killed. The common thread in his life and work, he explains, is the struggle to find justice and his (and the non-White Global South’s) place in this world, by breaking the norm of White supremacy and its legacy of imperialism. He says he wants to inspire young students to tell their own story, create their own heroes, “break the colonization of their minds” by the $200b gaming industry, and, ultimately, reclaim our own histories as a gift to future generations.

    • 27 min

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