The Beirut Call

Like an orphan, each of us kept (in our hearts) some dark memories of those awful days. Yet, we promised ourselves not to forget and we have been determined to – at least – preserve our collective memory. It is that memory that kept us connected despite all of the catastrophes we have lived and experienced for endless nights and endless days.

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"I am Nadia Wardeh, the daughter of Jerusalem, and the granddaughter of the Levant."

I am not an outsider or a stranger. We are relatives and soulmates. You are my sister in blood, in history, in resistance as existence, in culture, and in fate. I know it has been a while… it has been since 1916 when we were forced to break up — as a result of the British-French brutal mandates.

The Beirut Call

“The proactivity was as much about documenting what seemed to be a pivotal point in the history of the country, as it was about participating and being an active part of the change.”

Cliff Makhoul

“Art remains a significant form of communication that must take up the challenges facing humanity today.”

Carmen Yahchouchi

“There is a new reality and we have to accept it, but there is no right or wrong way to face all these crises and the new challenges that lie ahead for all Lebanese, and especially artists.”

Anthony Semaan

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It is our shared past and memory that have shaped the essence of our identity. Our motherland—the Levant—has taught us that our existence is defined by resistance. This fact explains how, until today, our art, music, clothes, food, and even our talk and silence are all but multiple manifestations of resistance. This is indeed a reality and not a dream!

Somewhere – in this place I’m in – understanding escapes me, and reality resides specifically in the (hi)story being told.” Dorine Potel Darwiche

The Beirut Call

The Beirut Call is Nabad by Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture project of a book on resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon, featuring artists, poets, authors, activists, and academics testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories of initiatives for social change.

The Beirut Call brings together individuals who think, do and create to inspire and communicate diverse approaches in facing wars, crises, instability and despair; people who are turning to the arts and culture as a way to engage audiences through deep and emotional connections to bring about change, and who are imbuing their work with social and political messaging to advance the issues about which they feel most passionate.

The Beirut Call presents diverse perceptions and expressions that speak to Lebanese in their homeland and in the diaspora, but it also transcends the borders of Lebanon as contributors address glocal (local-global) issues — war, peace, memory, history, identity, creativity, cultural resistance, resilience, artistic activism, human rights, feminism, social justice, intercultural dialogue… — which can be discussed in a range of settings such as in schools and universities, arts & culture workshops and learning programs, youth and community centers, women’s groups, NGOs, as well as alternative education programs.

Proceeds will help Nabad continue to fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.

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Edited Book: THE BEIRUT CALL: HARNESSING CREATIVITY FOR CHANGE.
Editors: Pamela Chrabieh, Roula Salibi.
Publisher: Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem – Palestine.
Production, Printing, and Distribution: Elyssar Press, Publishing company in Redlands CA
Main Target Audience: North American.
Date of Publication: April 2021.
Language: English.
No. of pages: max. 150
Availability: The book will be available in Digital Format and Hard Copy with hardcover

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Sponsored by Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture

Dar Al-Kalima’s mission is to

“To build a country;
stone by stone

To empower a community;
person by person

To create institutions
that give life in abundance.”

The Beirut Call” book is sponsored by Dar Al-Kalima University, College of Arts and Culture, located in Bethlehem. Dar Al-Kalima University, headed by Dr. Mitri Raheb, supports Nabad, is an innovative program that aims at empowering artists, arts organizations and creative enterprises in Southwestern Asia and North Africa.

ABOUT NABAD

Empowering Artistic Talents
“The Beirut Call” anthology is one of Nabad’s projects in Lebanon in 2020-2021. Nabad is an innovative program that aims at empowering artists, arts organizations and creative enterprises in Southwestern Asia and North Africa to implement their artistic and cultural ideas, and market their artworks. This cross-cultural program, based on a Palestinian-Lebanese partnership, emerged in response to the August 4, 2020 port explosions in Beirut, as Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (Bethlehem) decided to intervene in the field of arts and culture in Lebanon, where many of the country’s art galleries, museums, and ateliers had been damaged, and artists had been put out of work”.

Authors and Contributors

Reine Abbas

With more than seventeen years in the gaming industry, higher education, and arts. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wixel Studios, she is also the CEO and founder of Spica Tech. Abbas’ work has been recognized around the world and she has won many awards, including the WIT Women in Technology Award 2010, the WOW award for artistic expressions 2013 at the 6th New Arab Woman Forum, Inc.com’s World’s five most powerful women in gaming in 2013, one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in both 2014 and 2015 as selected by ArabianBusiness.com, winner of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Region competition 2017 and Mena Region winner in the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards of 2019. In 2019, she also won the Best Animation award at the ARFF Paris International Awards for her music video “Right Now”. She was featured in Forbes 2019 and was a TEDx Beirut speaker in 2011.

Founder & CEO, SPICA TECH S.A.L  Spica Tech S.A.L

Co-Founder & CEO, WIXEL STUDIOS  Wixel Studios

TEDx  TALK

Cartier Women's Initiative Awards  CIWA

Venture Beat VB

ArabAd The Element Of Initiative

Arabian Business The 100 most powerful arab women 2015

TheirWorld ORG  Rewriting The Code

Brilliant Lebanese Awards BLA2018

Le Commerce Du Levant  Artiste-engage-au-service-du-jeu-video

FORBES Japan Forbes Japan 2019

Wamda One of the five most powerful women in gaming

The961 One of the World’s Most Powerful Arab Women

 

Wadih Al-Asmar

Wadih Al-Asmar is co-founder and president of the CLDH (Lebanese Center for Human Rights) and co-founder and board member of the FEMED (Euro-Mediterranean Federation Against Enforced Disappearance). In the summer 2015, Wadih helped found the Lebanese social movement #youStink (#tol3etRy7otkoun), which actively participated in organizing and supporting most of the social demonstrations during the last garbage crisis in Lebanon. In addition, Wadih Al-Asmar actively participated in the drafting of several laws related to Human Rights in Lebanon, such as the law on the criminalization of torture, the law on the creation of the National Human Rights Institution, and the law dealing with the issue of enforced disappearances in Lebanon. His work on human rights at the regional level is mainly within EuroMed Rights, for which he has been a member of the executive committee, and was elected as president in June 2018. 

 

Pamela Chrabieh

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh (Badine) is a scholar, university professor, visual artist, activist, writer and consultant. She holds a Higher Diploma in Fine Arts and Restoration of Icons (1999, ALBA, University of Balamand, Lebanon). She pursued her higher studies at the University of Montreal in Quebec – Canada: Minor in Religious Sciences (1999), MA in Theology, Religions and Cultures (2001), PhD in Theology-Sciences of Religions (2005), and held two postdoctoral positions (2005-2008). Dr. Chrabieh has an extensive 20+ year multidisciplinary and international experience and expertise in university teaching (Lebanon, Canada, United Arab Emirates), academic research, visual arts, art direction, communication, content creation, writing, project management, training and conference/workshop/webinar organization. She is the author of numerous books, book chapters, academic papers and online articles. As a visual artist, she has exhibited her work in Canada, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Italy. She has founded an online movement of writers and artists focused on gender issues in 2012, and has been an active member of local/international NGOs, and a member of executive committees and advisory/editorial boards of several organizations since 1995. Selected as one of the 100 most influential women in Lebanon (Women Leaders Directory 2013, Smart Center and Women in Front, Beirut), and ‘Most Exceptional Teaching Fellow’ in 2008 (University of Montreal), Dr. Chrabieh won several national and regional prizes in Canada (including Forces Avenir Université de Montréal, Forces Avenir Québec, Prix Lieutenant-Gouverneur du Québec), and her Peace Education ‘Diplomacy of the Dish’ activity was selected as one of the most innovative activities during the Innovation Week of the United Arab Emirates in 2015. Since 2017, Dr. Chrabieh has been the owner and director of Beirut-based SPNC Learning & Communication Expertise, and since 2020, Nabad’s Program Manager.

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Dorine Potel Darwiche

Dorine Potel Darwiche is a French photographer and visual artist.

She also worked for 8 years as a production assistant and photographer for BUT furniture catalogues, in France. That experience left its mark on her thinking, as it confirmed once and for all the power of various forms of discourse and image manipulation, as well as the fragility of our imagination.

Henceforth, in making her images, she has paid careful attention to what what we see and the questions we ask, as well as our imaginary, while avoiding one-sided interpretations. Photographs and videos are, for Dorine Potel, two ways of keeping in direct touch with the world, hidden as it is under its endless representations. Her artistic practice consists of performative installations made for photographic work, short films, and other artistic forms, in surprising, unexpected and misplaced narratives.

She builds up a dialogue between the real and the artificial, moving between utopian and apocalyptic «atmospheres». The magnifying and staging of details have often directed her approach to imagery.

She currently lives and works between France and Lebanon.

Her work has been exhibited at Rashid Karame International Art Fair in Tripoli, Beirut art center, Espace Gred in Nice, the International Photography Festival in Lianzhou, China, the Baudoin Lebon Gallery in Paris and the headquarters of the French General Confederation of Labour, CGT, in Montreuil.

 

Frank Darwiche

Frank Darwiche is a Lebanese-French writer, translator, polyglot, university professor, philosopher, singer and songwriter. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Bourgogne, where he worked on Heidegger's Fourfold. He has written numerous research articles on German, French, as well as Lebanese philosophy. His publications include Heidegger : le divin et le Quadriparti, a soon-to-be-published book on the Lebanese philosopher Kamal Youssef El-Hage, the narrative-poetic work Le Liban ou l'irréductible distance, and many scholarly writings on such diverse issues as tolerance, Thomas Aquinas, non-rational thinking, Ibn 'Arabi, Heidegger's reading of Hegel, and phenomenological readings of the Islamic veil. He has taught philosophy at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art, the University of Balamand and elsewhere. Additionally, he has been part of several contemporary music formations and is always exploring the creative process. One notable offering of his includes a collaboration with the Dijon-based La Générale d'Expérimentation, which consisted in touring Lebanese wineries and writing and performing songs, inspired by each visit, both in Lebanon and France. His aesthetics is always philosophically bound and fervidly lyrical, carried headlong by the passionate vehemence of creation. He currently resides in Lebanon and France and travels frequently.

 

Roula-Maria Dib

Roula-Maria Dib is an assistant professor of English at the American University in Dubai, and the editor-in-chief of Indelible, the university’s literary journal. She received her PhD from the University of Leeds. As a creative writer and scholar in the fields of literature and Jungian psychology, her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in several journals. She has authored Jungian Metaphor in Modernist Literature (Routledge, 2020) and a poetry collection, Simply Being (Chiron Press, 2021). The themes that pervade her poetry usually revolve around different aspects of human nature, ekphrasis, surrealism, and mythology.

 

Roula Azar Douglas

Roula Azar Douglas is a Lebanese-Canadian author, journalist, lecturer and researcher. She has hundreds of published articles to her credit, as well as multiple collective works and two novels. 

Committed to combat discrimination and injustice wherever she sees them, she writes to trigger reflections, to contribute to the evolution of mentalities and to the development of new approaches for achieving gender equality and social justice. 

Her latest book, Le jour où le soleil ne s’est pas levé (The Day the Sun Didn’t Rise), was short-listed for the 2020 Hors Concours des lycéens Literary Award. It tackles euthanasia and sheds light on our fragility as human beings and our strength when facing upheavals. 

Roula Azar Douglas teaches journalism and writing at Saint Joseph University and the Lebanese University. She is also in charge of a weekly page on universities and youth at the leading French-speaking newspaper L'Orient-Le Jour. 

She is a PhD candidate in information and communication science at Saint Joseph University. Her research focuses on the role played by the Lebanese media in advancing gender equality. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the American University of Beirut, a Graduate Studies Degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal in Education, a joint master’s degree in Journalism from The University Paris-Panthéon Assas and the Lebanese University and a Degree in Creative Writing from the Institut de Formation Professionnelle de Mont-Royal (Canada).

 

Katia Aoun Hage

Born in Cameroon, raised in Lebanon during the civil war of 1975, Katia Aoun Hage moved to the United States where she resides with her husband and three children. Graduated from the University of Redlands with a Masters in Music Education, Katia is not a stranger in the Inland Empire’s art scene of Southern California. She has collaborated with choreographer Sofia Carrera at Riverside Community College, performed poetry and music at California State University San Bernardino, displayed her artwork at Art for Heaven’s Sake, and performed music in local venues. Katia Aoun Hage listens deeply to the voices inside, of her own people and hers, becoming a bridge between past and present, east and west, through her poetry, translations, and artwork. Katia is the founder and publisher at Elyssar Press in Redlands since 2019.

 

Cliff Makhoul

Cliff Makhoul is a Beirut-based photographer. After his father taught him how to mount a lens on a camera body as a teenager, he fell in love with photography and in that moment, he knew it would play a big part in his life.

After graduating with a BA in Photography from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in 2009, he started freelancing and experiencing photography through most of its facets. Makhoul has been the senior photographer for Beirut Jam Sessions since 2012, delivering  concert photographs of international and local artists.

He has been senior laboratory assistant within the Photography Program at Notre Dame University-Louaizé (NDU) since 2013 and in 2018, he accepted the position as a part-time faculty for teaching photography.

Currently, he is working on a personal project, documenting the town of Zouk Mosbeh.

In 2019, his work was part of a publication about the October 17 Revolution.In 2020, he submitted his photograph- ‘Sunday Afternoon at Martyr's Square’ as part of “October 17- Second edition”, an exhibition curated by Janine Rubeiz Gallery.

 

Loulou Malaeb

Dr. Loulou Malaeb is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at the American University in Dubai teaching Philosophy and Cultural Encounters. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Political Theory) from Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth and she is frequently published in the domains of Philosophy and Literature. 

 As a child, Dr. Malaeb witnessed and survived the Lebanese Civil War, an experience that she considers to have had a major effect on her life as an adult. Her contribution in the book is a series of short stories that reflect a form of ontological agony and despair shared by all Lebanese people alike. The characters and events of the stories are based on real-life givens, the details however, are drawn from the author’s imagination. 

 

Rabih Rached

Rabih Rached is a lebanese agricultural engineer from Marjeyoun ( South Lebanon). Reading about History, an interest that started during school years, became his favorite hobby during his spare time. As a child of war, the Lebanese Civil War, he was always interested in understanding its reasons and its complexities. Prior to settling in Lebanon in 2014, he lived in France and in the United Arab Emirates, where he met and maintained friendships with people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Upon returning to Lebanon, he received a degree in History-International relations from Saint Joseph University in Beirut. In conjunction, he conducted extensive research about the Civil War. From there, he expanded his work to include the Great Famine of 1915-1918 and wrote articles about the British-Ottoman war in the Middle East for a YouTube channel called the Great War. He collaborated with others to write the official book of the University The Centennial of Greater Lebanon (1920-1926).

 

Mitri Raheb

Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Dr. Raheb is a co-founder of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a not for profit 501c3 in the USA. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author and editor of 40 books including: The Cross in Contexts: Suffering and Redemption in Palestine; Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes; I am a Palestinian Christian; Bethlehem Besieged. His books and numerous articles have been translated so far into eleven languages. Rev. Raheb served as the senior pastor of the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem from June 1987 to May 2017 and as the President of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land from 2011-2016.  Dr. Raheb was elected in 2018 to the Palestinian National Council and to the Palestinian Central Council. A social entrepreneur, Rev. Raheb has founded several NGO‟s including the Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World (CAFCAW). He is a founding and board member of the National Library of Palestine and a founding member and author of Kairos Palestine

Rev. Dr Raheb received in 2017 the Tolerance Award from the European Academy of Science and Arts, in 2015 the Olof Palme Prize. In 2012 the German Media Prize was awarded to Dr. Raheb. Launched in 1992, this award was mainly granted to Heads of States, including President Obama (2016) the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2009), Bill Clinton (1999), Nelson Mandela (1998), King Hussein of Jordan (1997), Boris Yeltsin (1996), President Arafat (1995), Yitshak Rabin (1995). He also received for his outstanding contribution to Christian education through research and publication‟ an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in Chicago (2003)   and   for   his  interfaith   work   the “International Mohammad Nafi Tschelebi Peace Award” of the Central Islam Archive in Germany (2006) and in 2007 the well-known German Peace Award of Aachen.

The work of Dr. Raheb has received wide media attention from major international media outlets and networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, 60 Minutes, BBC, ARD, ZDF, DW, BR, Premiere, Raiuno, Stern, The Economist, Newsweek, Al-Jazeera, al-Mayadin, Vanity Fair, and others.

Dr.  Raheb holds  a  Doctorate  in  Theology  from  the  Philipps  University  at  Marburg, Germany.  He is married to Najwa Khoury and has two daughters, Dana & Tala. For more, www.mitriraheb.org.

 

Nada Raphael

As an engaged artist and passionate of her country, Nada Raphael uses her diverse experiences to write articles and stories, take pictures, direct and produce documentaries, to raise awareness, express feelings, share different opinions and shed light on untold realities. With more than 15 years as a photographer, she did many exhibitions in Montreal such as “Hyphen Islam Christianity” in 2010, at the Gesù – Centre de créativité, “Beirut Art Fair” at the Artheum (for 3 consecutive years 2013-2015), and many more. 

As a filmmaker and a documentarist, her work was selected in many different Festivals around the world. Irani-Afghani (2002), selected at the NFB Lebanese film festival, a documentary on the Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi who shot a documentary in Afghanistan only two weeks before the fall of the Taliban Regime. Flash Back… Ou Ba3dein (2007), portraying the Lebanese Canadians caught in the 2006 war in Lebanon, selected in many festivals such as the Festival des Films sur les Droits de la Personne, in Montreal. Hyphen Islam-Christianity documenting the many religious communities living all together in Lebanon, selected around the world, in 25 cities, shown in Festivals and Universities.

As a journalist, she wrote many articles for the Journal Metro, IN-Magazine, L’Avenir in Montreal and animated her own radio show Alf Layla Wa Layla at CISM89.3 FM in Montreal.

The book she co-wrote “Hyphen Islam Christianity” won the Special mention within the 30th France-Lebanon Award organized by the Association des Écrivains de Langue Française (ADELF) in 2010.

 

Omar Sabbagh

Omar Sabbagh is a widely published poet, writer and critic.  His first collection and his fourth collection are, respectively: My Only Ever Oedipal Complaint and To The Middle of Love (Cinnamon Press, 2010/17).  His 5th collection, But It Was An Important Failure, was published with Cinnamon Press at the start of 2020.  His Beirut novella, Via Negativa: A Parable of Exile, was published with Liquorice Fish Books in March 2016; and he has published much short fiction, some of it prize-winning.  A study of the oeuvre of Professor Fiona Sampson, Reading Fiona Sampson: A Study in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, was published with Anthem Press in July 2020.  His Dubai novella, Minutes from the Miracle City was published with Fairlight Books in July 2019.  He has published scholarly essays on George Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, G.K. Chesterton, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Joseph Conrad, Lytton Strachey, T.S. Eliot, Basil Bunting, Hilaire Belloc, George Steiner, and others; as well as on many contemporary poets.  Many of these works are collated in, To My Mind Or Kinbotes: Essays on Literature, published with Whisk(e)y Tit in January 2021.  He also has two books forthcoming, namely: Morning Lit: Portals After Alia, a book of poetry and prose forthcoming with Cinnamon Press, in Spring 2022; and Y Knots, a collection of short fictions.  He holds a BA in PPE from Oxford; three MA’s, all from the University of London, in English Literature, Creative Writing and Philosophy; and a PhD in English Literature from KCL.  He was Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the American University of Beirut (AUB), from 2011-2013.  Presently, he teaches at the American University in Dubai (AUD), where he is Associate Professor of English.

 

Roula Salibi

I AM MINIMALIST 

After a decade spent in the business world, Roula Salibi decided the time had come to embrace the true calling of her heart; the calling of art. 

She dedicated the next years of her life to learning all she could about the future which awaited her, taking a series of intensive courses at ESMOD Beirut, and imbuing herself in every aspect of the world of art. 

While the materials Salibi uses in her work are conventional, accessible, one could even say simple, the results are anything but. Geometric forms, which are a constant thread throughout her work, combine with the earthy, unfinished feel of rough gemstones, and the depth and tactile beauty of her silverwork, to create pieces, each one with its own distinctive personality. 

After exhibiting in Paris, Milan, London, New York and Dubai, Roula Salibi's pieces reached the Europe and Middle East market through it’s presence in several boutiques. Online platforms and her own online platform also expanded her work worldwide. 

Instagram: @I_am_minimalist_lb

Facebook: @iamminimalistlb

Exhibitions 

Tranoi - Premiere Classe - Cube Showroom l Paris l 2016-2017  

Tranoi - Paris l March 2015


Draft Space New York l November 2014


Fashion Forward Dubai l October 2014


Pure London l August 2014


Espaces Ephémères – Art Galerie l April 2014


Launching of <> for the Fashion Desginer Lara Khoury l Octobet 2013 

Les Jardins du Mzar l August 2013


Launching “New Earth” Collection: Beirut Design Week l July 2013


Dubai Fashion Forward l April 2013

 

Anthony Semaan

Anthony Semaan is the co-founder of Beirut Jam Sessions, an organization which produces music concerts, sessions and festivals in Lebanon and the Middle East. Since its inception in 2012, he has worked on hundreds of shows in Lebanon and around the world, both under the Beirut Jam Sessions umbrella and numerous other collaborative entities. He has been a key member of the Byblos International Festival since 2015, a consultant for numerous music related brands and has managed many emerging artists in the Middle East region. He also works with Deezer as the Artist Marketing Manager for Levant & Egypt, a role which allows him to promote artists from all over the region. To find out more about this work, you can visit his website at www.anthonysemaan.net.

 

Joelle Sfeir

Joelle Sfeir draws from her life story when writing a short story, a book, an article, a blog or only impressions. Her publications are as various as her experiences in life. What she writes reflects who she is, what she thinks of.

With a university degree in Geography, years of work in the communication and teaching sector, experiences with travelers as a tour operator and a guide animator, and living between Lebanon and Canada, Joelle gets inspired and writes in different forms.

From writing websites from scratch, to translating documents and creating content for international organizations such as the UN, Joelle has a way of writing with a graceful pen and expresses things beyond simple words.

In many articles for example in the on-line blog, RedLipsHighHeels.com, Joelle gives a special place to empower women and portray the situation of women in the Middle East and especially in Lebanon.

Her short story “L’arbre Rouge” was published in a collection of short stories, published in Geneva in 2004.

The book she co-wrote “Hyphen Islam Christianity” won the Special mention within the 30th France-Lebanon Award organized by the Association des Écrivains de Langue Française (ADELF) in 2010.

 

Linda Tamim

Linda Tamim is a journalist and radio broadcaster based in Beirut, Lebanon. She grew up in Mali, West Africa and moved to Beirut in 2003. Shortly after earning a BA in English language from the Lebanese American University, Linda worked as a language editor and taught English to a variety of students – young schoolchildren, young professionals, high ranking military officials, retired people and refugees. Her career in the media kicked off when she started working as a news presenter, producer and reporter for Future TV English. Today, Linda hosts the morning show on Virgin Radio Stars and works as a freelance journalist. She reported for several news stations including France 24, TRT World, SkyNews and 7NEWS (Sydney). In her spare time, Linda enjoys cooking/baking, working out, reading and spending time with her dogs.

 

Nadia Wardeh

Dr. Nadia Wardeh is an independent scholar, university professor, writer, activist, passionate traveler and a coffee lover.  She holds a higher diploma in Tourism, from LaSalle College, in Canada and, a bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy from, University of Jordan). She pursued her higher studies at McGill University, in Montreal,  – Canada: MA and PhD in Islamic Studies. In fact, Dr. Wardeh’s teaching career coincided with her graduate studies at McGill University. She has an extensive 18 years of multidisciplinary and international experience in higher education at institutions such as McGill University in Canada (2003-2008) and the American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2009-2021). 

Dr. Wardeh is a professional educator with an unconventional spirit. Her teaching journey began in 2003 as a course lecturer at the Institute of Islamic studies at McGill University. Her passion, enthusiasm and professionalism qualified her to obtain various awards, including the “Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award” after her first year of teaching. Within two years of her appointment as a full time professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Dubai (2010), she received the AUD President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and was appointed as the director of the Program of Middle Eastern Studies (MEST) at the same university.  

The variety of courses Dr. Wardeh teaches emphasize her multidisciplinary and international profession, also apparent in her distinguished scholarly achievements. She is an active participant in many international conferences and an active member in different organizations and higher education institutions.   

Dr. Wardeh is an active researcher and scholar and a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Award (2004-2005). She is the author of the book entitled “Problematic of Turath in Contemporary Arab Thought,, an author of a number of book chapters, academic papers, and online artistic writings.  Her research interests include tradition and modernity, culture and religion, Islamic theology, Sufism, Arabic language and literature, the Levant, Islamic and Qur'anic studies, post-colonial studies, modern and contemporary intellectual trends, Islamist thought and modern Islamist movements, interreligious dialogue and the question of youth and cultural resistance in the contemporary Arab world.  

Dr. Wardeh was recently appointed as one of two senior researchers by Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem-Palestine. She is tasked to create and develop an innovative syllabus as part of the one-year pilot project for more inclusive theologies in the Levant, in order to ensure human dignity, active citizenship, social coherence and tolerance. Last, but not least, Dr. Wardeh participated recently in the 2020 Bethlehem Cultural Festival as a guest speaker to address the question of Christian and Muslim religious and geographic perspectives on Bethlehem. 

 

Faten Yaacoub

Faten Yaacoub works as a freelance media producer. She has worked as a lead researcher at Middle East Broadcasting Center. She has been involved with PotenialSF’s project on Waldorf education in the Middle East. She taught at the Lebanese American University, the American University of Beirut, and the Lebanese International University. Her background in academia is key to her understanding of different cultures and meeting new challenges in her current career. Faten’s study of Comparative Literature, in addition to her native Arabic, endow a comprehensive dimension to her research, translation, and media production skills.

 

Carmen Yahchouchi

Born in Bamako, Mali 1993, Carmen Yahchouchi has been in love in photography for as long as she can remember. Sensitive by nature, emotional and passionate about storytelling, she tries to venture into the intimate spaces of human experience, propelling the spectator into the unique universe of each of her subjects. In September 2015, she won the fifth edition of the Byblos Bank Award. Exhibited for Raw Talents held at Beirut’s Art Factum gallery 2016 at Byblos Bank Headquarters; Amman Image Festival in Jordan; “New World/Nouveau Monde” exhibition; Workshop with The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP); Exhibited during the 32nd Salon d’Automne at the Sursock Museum. Remomero: an Italian Gallery; Blink and the New York Times Portfolio Review; The Chania Photo Festival in 2017; The 10th edition of the Estação Imagem Award in Coimbra, Portugal; Les Rencontres Photographique De Rabat 2019 and the Photography International festival called Phot’Aix in France that invited Lebanon for the 19th edition; Exhibited in Paris and Beirut to help the victims after the Beirut 2020 explosion. Carmen Yahchouchi is currently a storyteller at Reuters.

 

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