As the Lebanese American University embarks upon a new session at its Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture in 2014, I would like to extend a hearty welcome to you at LAUís flagship Beirut campus. In past years SINARC has proved to be one of the best and most effective study abroad programs in the area of Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture, and we continue to forge ahead with this mission of excellence into the programís fifteenth year.
SINARCís expertise and its presence in the heart of the Lebanese capital city of Beirut are two valuable elements that combine to make the experience at the institute a memorable one. Previous international participants have included students from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Belgium, England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Japan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Jordan, and have played a major role in facilitating a remarkable ambiance of cultural exchange in tune with Lebanese and Middle Eastern cultures.
The program has previously hosted many renowned visitors and well known authorities in various areas of expertise ranging from Arabic Language experts like Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, author of the Al-Kitab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya series, to regional experts like Dr. Fawaz Trabulsi; on to well-known television anchorman Dan Rather. The Culture lectures this year featured Tymour Guksel on the UN in South Lebanon, Rami Khoury from the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and Dr. Fadia Kiwan speaking about Arab Feminism, ďa meet-the-author visitĒ with Dr. Fawaz Traboulsi to discuss his book The History of Modern Lebanon, was added this year.
In recent years the program has expanded lecture emphasis to include The Arab Spring and Uprising Issues.
Students attending this past session tended to look at the experience as a holistic one where they enjoyed the learning of the Modern Standard Arabic Language and the Lebanese dialect supplemented with sightseeing trips that extended from a hike to the highest peak in the Cedars of Lebanon, to visits to various touristic attractions and special meetings with some of the local political figures making history in the country.
SINARC staff and administration, as well as the LAU family as a whole, were pleased to see SINARC 2013 conclude to its full potential and to see our students grow with their learning of the Arabic language and culture. We look forward to providing again a rich and diversified experience at SINARC in 2014 and to receiving your applications.Mimi Milki Jeha, Ph.D.
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