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Beirut Under Fire: Political and Personal Perspectives

Friday, August 14, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event

On Tuesday, August 4, a massive blast rocked downtown Beirut. In minutes, over 200 lives were lost, thousands of people injured, and 300,000 left homeless. In the wake of the explosion, people have poured into the streets, calling for government reform and an end to the corruption that many argue was directly responsible for both the blast and years of economic and political crisis.

Six days after the incident, the government resigned and protests continue. In this webinar, Cornell faculty and students will talk about the political, economic, cultural, and personal dimensions of the events in Lebanon—and the implications for the future of the state and civil society.


Ross Brann, Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow


Rima Majed, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at American University of Beirut

Mostafa Minawi, Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Ottoman & Turkish Studies Initiative

Amanda Rizkallah, Assistant Professor of International Studies, Pepperdine University

Kevork Lochkajian, Professional Student in Cornell’s MBA of the Americas Program

Alexandra Blackman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government

Joseph Moukarzel, Graduate Student at Cornell’s M. Eng in Engineering Management

Dina Bishara, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Labor

This webinar is hosted by Global Cornell, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and the Office of Global Learning.

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