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Welcome to Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)!


Welcome to American University of Beirut's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research. CASAR is dedicated to increasing international understanding primarily by increasing knowledge of the United States in the Middle East. CASAR pursues this goal through interdisciplinary teaching and research in American Studies -- focusing through a broad range of issues including the historical, cultural, and political  issues -- and through outreach efforts such as conferences and public lectures. The Center's efforts are continuously evolving. It currently offers a Minor in American Studies and a MA in Transnational American Studies. For more information about CASAR and its activities, please select one of the categories on the left.


Upcoming Events



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April 15, 17, and 18, 2018: International conference on "Latin America, al-Andalus and the Arab World," co-sponsored by CASAR and  the Ph.D. program in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, which are part of CUNY's MOU with AUB and AUB's Theater Initiative. The conference will begin on April 15 at 7pm  with the play "Blood Wedding," written by Federico García Lorca and produced by AUB's Theater Initiative. The play is directed by Sahar Assaf and will be presented in  the village of Hammana.​ The conference will continue on April 17 and 18 at AUB. On April 17 at College Hall, B1 and on April 18 at Bldg. 37 (behind Old Lee Observatory) from 9am-5pm. [program]

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Mission and Statement


CASAR aims at establishing and maintaining a world-class locus of activity and exchanging of ideas for an interdisciplinary community of researchers, teachers, students and others in the Middle East interested in building further understanding of American institutions and practices (political, social, economic, cultural) and the complex contextual realities in which these institutions and practices have developed and currently exist.
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American University of Beirut / CASAR
PO Box: 11-0236 Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020 Lebanon

Tel: (961)1  374374, ext 4195

Fax: (961)1 744461


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