All posts tagged as Exhibition

14 Sep

Save the Date: AUB Library Open Day 2017: Library Comic-Con

In Events by AUB Libraries / September 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Community,

We are glad to announce that the “AUB Library Open Day 2017: Library Comic-Con” will be held on Thursday, September 28 in Jafet Library from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Save the date and get ready for fun games and competitions, as well as many valuable prizes, giveaways and snacks!

Prizes include an iPad, an Apple watch, a Samsung tablet, prepaid cards worth $200 each, power-banks, and many, many other gifts . . .

For more information, contact Jafet on ext. 2659/2620 or via email: jftref@aub.edu.lb

#LibComiCon

26 May

Exhibit – “Crucial Turns: A Critical Mapping of Art at AUB”

In Events by AUB Libraries / May 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

AUB faculty, students and staff gathered on the evening of Tuesday, May 23rd at the Nami Jafet Memorial Library for the opening ceremony of a capstone exhibition curated by three AUB Art History students displaying material depicting critical turns in Art at AUB since in the foundation of the Fine Art Department since the 1950s.

The exhibit is curated by Katharine Gordon, Lama El Khatib and Nour Osseiran, all three of which are AUB students, who initiated and completed this project as part of the “Theories, Methods, and Practices of Curating” (AHIS284) seminar at AUB; a seminar that acts as a capstone for the students within the Art History major.

The course is instructed by Angela Harutyunyan, Associate Professor at the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, AUB, who said that the importance of this exhibit is that it is a first attempt to bring to light the rich history of art at AUB as formed by and formative of the art scene in Beirut and Lebanon at large. For the students, it is an opportunity to understand and historicize art and art history education that they themselves are undergoing.

The exhibit gives tribute to artists such as Walid Sadek, Daniele Genadry, David Kurani, Arthur Frick, and John Carswell. The material displayed include original paintings that were generously provided by the artists, in addition to photos, sketches, posters and other primary sources found at the Archives and Special Collections department at the University Libraries.

The exhibit will remain on display at the lobby at Jafet Library until Friday, June 2nd.

The curators believe that the exhibition brings together a montage of key moments and figures in and around the Art Department at AUB since its inception and throughout its tumultuous history by using archival material, which provide a general overview of what has been documented – from 1946 until today. Presenting these documents alongside contemporary art works, the curators hope to engage the audience in a critical journey of the art department at AUB.

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18 May

Exhibit: AUB 150th memorial silver coins at Jafet Library

In Uncategorized by AUB Libraries / May 18, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Advancement Office and the University Libraries are pleased to invite you to an exhibit featuring several memorial silver coins which were issued by the Lebanese Central Bank on the occasion of AUB’s 150th anniversary.

The coins come in five distinguished shapes, and are issued in limited editions. They represent Main Gate, College Hall, Assembly Hall, The Observatory and the Green Field.

The coins will be on display next to some historical photos of the featured monuments in the lobby of Jafet Memorial Library until July 31st, 2017.

To inquire about the possibility of acquiring a coin or a set (a box of all five coins), please visit this webpage or contact the Office of Advancement at: Tel: 961-1-340176 Ext: 2530- Email: advancement@aub.edu.lb. 

Click here to read AUB’s Press Release about the topic.

23 Mar

Constantine Zurayk: Knowledge at the Service of Life

In Collections,News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / March 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries, Archives Department, is pleased to announce the launch of the online exhibit: “Constantine Zurayk: Knowledge at the Service of Life“. The exhibit was curated on the 150th anniversary of AUB in conjunction with a seminar, entitled “Seminar in Remembrance of Constantine Zurayk”, which took place at AUB on October 31st, 2016. It showcases select items from the archive of Dr. Zurayk (1909- 2000), which was generously donated to the AUB Libraries, Archives Department, by Dr. Zurayk’s family. The documents, photos and letters on display here provide a glimpse onto the multi-faceted personality and rich life that Dr. Zurayk led, as well as onto some aspects of the socio-cultural and political context of a formative period in Arab modern history. The exhibit also contains excerpts from oral history interviews with Dr. Zurayk, as well as a link to the introduction of the Seminar.

We hope you enjoy!

Visit our other online exhibits at the following link.

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16 Feb

Upcoming Exhibit: Lebanon: ethos, scenery and gastronomy

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / February 16, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries are showcasing a rare collection of posters donated by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, depicting Lebanon’s culture from a unique point of view.

“Lebanon: ethos, scenery and gastronomy”

When? February 20- March 3, 2017 – all day

Where? Jafet Library- Lobby

The exhibit features posters showing culinary goods, views from breathtaking Lebanese villages and locations, and other beautiful scenes from Lebanon.

Enjoy the exhibit and enjoy our Lebanon!

15 Dec

Exhibit: “AUB’s 150th: through the looking glass”

In Events by AUB Libraries / December 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries invite you to an exhibit

“AUB’s 150th: through the looking glass”

 A display of Library material depicting the AUB history and showcasing material from AUB’s 150th events throughout this year, in addition to a nostalgic display of Campus Yearbook photos.

Opening Ceremony:

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 4:00 pm | Jafet Library, Lobby

The ceremony will feature:

  • A talk entitled “Vignettes of AUB History” by Mr. Tony Naufal (BA’74), Independent Researcher
  • A new “oral history” video of interviews with current and retired library staff members

The exhibit will hold in Jafet Library until January 10th, 2017

07 Dec

Library exhibition sheds light on AUB’s role during World Wars

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB website’s News Section on December 6th, 2016: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2016/Pages/spc-ww.aspx 

Established in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) stood firm, surviving many wars, including World War I and World War II. The Archives and Special Collections department at the Jafet Library organized an exhibit recounting the story of how AUB survived the tough days of WWI and WWII. The exhibit in Malhas Common Room, West Hall, features photos, documents, letters, diaries, posters, pamphlets, and oral history interviews from its archival collections.

Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, explained to us that the purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the difficult times through which AUB survived, for the tough times tell you a lot about the identity of the University.

“During WWI, AUB played a vital role of resilience through its medical center, by rationing sustainability and offering the citizens medical care and food,” she said. “After WWI, AUB made the transition from being a college to becoming a university; it witnessed a change of name from Syrian Protestant College to American University of Beirut, and became a full-blown liberal arts model.”

During WWII, Chebaro insists the role AUB played was societal and diplomatic. After WWII, AUB had a regional impact influencing the rise of Arab nationalism. Although Lebanon was not as badly affected by the war in comparison to WWI when one third of the population died, WWII was what Chebaro calls “a push and pull” politically.

“During those times Lebanon gained its independence, and many students were granted medals by the state of Lebanon for avidly participating in the protests against the French,” she said, “AUB graduates of those times had key ideas that shaped that century, and that’s due to the Liberal Arts program they followed during their years as students; in the 1945 San Francisco Conference leading to the declaration of the UN, AUB had the biggest proportion of graduates attending the conference, charted as representatives of their states.”

Amazing collection

Mrs Samar Mikati, Librarian at the archives and Special Collections, told us about the richness of the documents they found as they were bringing together this exhibition.

“It was hard to choose the material to uncover, however, we know that there are some areas that weren’t properly covered in the exhibit, we lack documents about the 40s and the 50s,” she said.

Chebaro and Mikati proceeded to thank the dedicated team that worked tirelessly to put the exhibition together, with a special thank you to graduate student Nichola Larkins who devotedly participated in the background research and played a solid role in the execution of the exhibit.

The exhibit was launched in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo R. Khuri, former President Peter Dorman and a number of staff, faculty, and visitors, on December 5. Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of University Libraries, opened the ceremony with a speech thanking the staff for putting this exhibit together and emphasizing on the fact that this only a small part of what the collection found at the archives.

“Visit us in Jafet, you will be amazed with the amount of material that we can provide you with for your research,” said Meho.

President Khuri highlighted the role AUB played during the wars, often as the safest place in the city. According to him, the leadership of AUB was able to rise as hero during those difficult times. He believes the exhibition to be very significant at the end of this celebratory year.

“We are getting close to closing the celebrations, and two days exactly from the 150th anniversary it is fitting that the archives and special collections at Jafet libraries should treat us to this magnificent exhibition where the focus is on some of the most impactful moments of this university’s history,” he said.

Dr. Abdelrahim Abu Husayn, Professor of History at the Department of History and Archaeology, then took the podium to further emphasize on the role of the University during the wars, especially World War I when it provided citizens with medical relief. Abu Husayn also spoke about the importance of documenting history.

“There is always another side to history that it not properly told or is not properly documented. I issue a call to donate whatever material individuals have on WWII and the Lebanese Civil War to Jafet,” said Abu Husayn, “Jafet Library will not only organize it and preserve it, but it will also make it available to the public.”

The exhibit will be running until the December 9. For more online exhibits follow this link http://www.aub.edu.lb/ulibraries/asc/online-exhibits/exhibits/.

21 Oct

Book Discussion “Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900”

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries is holding a book discussion by the distinguished author and former AUB trustee, Dr. Linda K. Jacobs about her renown book and bestseller

Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900

The event will take place on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at Jafet Library,  followed by a book signing.

The book traces the beginnings of the Syrian immigration and settlement in New York City, namely around Washington Square on the lower west side of Manhattan and is thoroughly and expansively researched, based on a variety of sources including local newspapers, church records, city directories, private archives and photo collections and other documents to conceptualize the mergence and development of this distinctive community.

About the Author

Linda K. Jacobs is a New York-based scholar and author. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology/Anthropology and spent many years working on archaeological excavations and economic development projects in the Middle East. She is the author of Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran (2012) and a series of articles about the nineteenth-century Syrian colony in New York. Dr. Jacobs is committed to promoting Middle Eastern culture and knowledge in the United States, founding KalimahPress in 2011, establishing the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, and sitting on the boards of the Near East Foundation and the Moise Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. She has also served on the board of the American University of Beirut. All four of her grandparents were members of the New York Syrian Colony

For more about the book, kindly go to http://kalimahpress.com/books/strangers-in-the-west/

29 Sep

Online Exhibit: Comics: A very serious Matter- Comics in the Curriculum

In Collections,Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department, in collaboration with the Sawwaf Comics Initiative at AUB, launches an online exhibit, entitledComics: A very serious Matter; Comics in the Curriculum”.

The online exhibit showcases the AUB Libraries’ rich comics collection, and highlights  the great potential and ability that comics have to capture the “pulse of the time”, to support liberal arts curricula at academic institutions by shedding light on many questions, concepts, ideas, historical periods, social and economic issues, power relations, etc. across disciplines: comics and classics; comics and politics; comics and literature; comics and history; comics and gender; comics and urbanism; comics and architecture, etc. Through comics, a plethora of subjects and perspectives opens up to educators and students alike, in a novel, engaging, contextual and meaningful manner.

This exhibit focuses on some of these questions from the perspective of Arab comics, digging into the wealth of material afforded to us through our growing University Libraries’ Comics collection, hoping to open up a realm of discovery onto worlds of comics to be enjoyed and to be taken very seriously!

Exhibit Curators: Kaoukab Chebaro and Hana Sleiman.

Acknowledgements: Many thanks go to the Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative for supporting the physical exhibit and the development of our AUB Library comics collection, on which this exhibit is based.

Special thanks go to Ghofran Akil for the long hours she put in the design products, to Sara Jawad for her support in design, to Yasmine Younes for her background research, patience and support; and most of all, to Lina Ghaibeh for her relentless hard work and unwavering support throughout the planning and realization of the exhibit, for her leadership with the Comics Initiative at AUB, and for her contagious enthusiasm and passion for Arab comics!

Click here to read about the initial exhibition that was held in West Hall last spring.

13 May

University Libraries organize exhibit to pay tribute to Dame Zaha Hadid

In Events by AUB Libraries / May 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

AUBites, along with friends and family members got together on the afternoon of May 9th to pay tribute to Dame Zaha Hadid during the opening ceremony of an exhibit at AUB’s Issam Fares Institute building’s Reading Room and Terrace.

The exhibit is organized by the AUB University Libraries, in coordination with the Arab Center for Architecture and will remain on display at the IFI building on the AUB campus till May 13th, showcasing books published by and about the Architect, maps of the IFI building and photos of its inauguration, family belongings, sketches and prototypes designed by Hadid for Mouzannar, the Lebanese jewelers, in addition to a projection of the ceremony of the Honorary Doctorate received at AUB in 2006.

During the event, AUB Interim Provost Mohamad Harajli applauded Zaha Hadid’s achievements and  genius and emphasized on her significant relationship with AUB, first as a student and then as a designer of an outstanding building contributing to AUB’s role as a connector and catalyst for change and creativity.

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