Writing

My stories have been broadcast on four continents and published by MainGateAïshti Magazine, Time Out Beirut, Monocle, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Associated Press.

From the Archives: Precursors to the ‘Arab Spring’

Speak, History
MainGate | Summer 2010

What led Anbara Salam to become the first Muslim woman in Greater Syria to unveil in public in 1927? Why didn’t her brother, four-time Prime Minister Saeb Salam, ever establish his own political party? How did the Yemeni republicans who overthrew the imamate in 1962 and later took refuge in Beirut view Egypt? What value did prominent Lebanese families in the nineteenth century place on education?

Welcome to the Valley
Aïshti | August 2010

Long known as “the valley of the Jews” (wadi al yahud), the neighborhood just below the Serail and on the western edge of Downtown Beirut can hardly be called such now. Lebanon’s Jewish community peaked at about 22,000 members during one golden decade that began, remarkably in 1948 with an influx of well-heeled Jewish refugees from Iraq qnd Syria…

A Campus Divided Over Israel
The Chronicle of Higher Ed | March 2007

When former President Jimmy Carter said he wanted to talk about his new book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, at a college with “high Jewish enrollment,” the obvious choice was Brandeis University.

On the afternoon of January 23, the Nobel Peace Prize winner took center stage in a packed gymnasium at the Jewish-sponsored university in Waltham, Mass., and a crowd of 1,700, mostly students, stood and applauded energetically…

Egyptians Demonstrate Against Harassment
Associated Press | November 2006

Scores of Egyptians demonstrated Thursday over what they claimed was the failure of authorities to stop a group of women from being sexually harassed as they walked through a busy shopping district…

From the Archives: Koolhaas, Potter & one Rockin’ Ivory Tower

Reluctant Starchitect
MainGate | Summer 2010

If Rem Koolhaas were less ambitious, he might now be, in his own words, “striving to make interesting shoeboxes” like so many other contemporary architects tasked with building yet another tower in already skyscraper-dominated urban landscapes…

Generation Hex
The Chronicle of Higher Ed | July 2007

They grew up together, if in two different worlds, the boy wizard and a generation of college students. The darkest of Dark Arts, they say, couldn’t keep them from diving into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the series…

10 Rules of Faculty Rock
The Chronicle of Higher Ed | April 2007

At universities across the country, professors from all disciplines are forming bands — tuning their guitars, turning on their amps, and rocking out. We talked with several of them and learned that in rock ‘n’ roll, as in academe, certain rules apply.