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Center for Middle East Studies

American University of Beirut & Center for Middle East Studies Partnership

The University of Denver (DU)-American University of Beirut (AUB) Partnership was established in 2015 to foster strong relationships between faculty and students at each institution, and to harness the strengths of two premier institutions of higher learning.

Sparked by the commitment and financial support from Jim and Amy Hecht, this collaboration between DU and AUB provides for annual academic faculty exchanges between the two universities, designed as short-term scholar-in-residency programs that permit the visiting scholar to connect with students and faculty through public talks, classroom visits, informal meetings with faculty and students, and time for research. Eventually, the partnership is intended to expand to include student exchanges, supporting quarter or semester-long study at each partner university.

This partnership supports the University of Denver's commitment to internationalization, enshrined in its Impact 2025 strategic vision. The University's commitment is also evident through its study abroad program. In 2014 it was the number one ranked university in the United States in terms of undergraduate study abroad participation.

This page highlights the recent activities of the DU-AUB partnership.

To see more about the impact that the Hecht family has made on our campus, visit this page

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Click here to read our first Annual Report of Activities for this exciting partnership.

Haider Kahn - February 2016

haider DU's John Evans Professor Haider Khan travelled to Beirut for a short term scholar-in-residence visit in February of 2016. During his stay, he gave a lecture titled "Democracy, Human Rights and Justice: Development and Maldevelopment in our Globalized World"

He also spoke at an AUB research
colloquium on South Asian Sufism and spirituality, as well as meeting with local journalists and
ministry officials.

Rami Khouri - October 2015

rami Rami Khouri, Founding Director and current Senior Policy Fellow at the American University of Beirut's Issam Fares Institute, served as the American University of Beirut's inaugural visiting
scholar to the University of Denver, while he was visiting as a Carnegie Centennial Visiting Scholar with our center.

During his stay, he engaged in many facets of the DU and Denver communities through various public events, class visits, panel discussions, and through individual meetings with students. For a full description of his visit, please visit our Carnegie Centennial Visiting Scholars page.

Randall Kuhn - September 2015

Randall Kuhn, Associate Professor and Director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the Josef Korbel School, served as the University of Denver's inaugural visiting scholar to the American University of Beirut, where he was hosted by AUB's well-known Issam
Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.

While there, he delivered a public lecture titled "Human Development and the Arab Spring: Five Years On"

AUB also condensed this lecture into a very short interview:

The American University of Beirut published a short article regarding Kuhn's lecture & visit.

Upon his return, Professor Kuhn also published a paper with our Occasional Paper Series, titled "Marriage in the Gulf States after the Arab Uprisings - The Effects of Counterrevolutionary Subsidies"

Kuhn also gave a well-attended seminar at AUB's Center for Reproductive and Population
Health at the School of Health Sciences, titled "35 years later: evaluating the effects of a quasirandom  child health and family planning program in Bangladesh."