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"Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West"
- International Symposium - Washington, DC (April 18-20, 2002)

This International Symposium was organized and sponsored by The Ameen Rihani Institute (ARI) of Washington, DC and American University (AU) Center for Global Peace. ARI was established in Washington, DC in 1999 and is dedicated to strengthening the cultural, literary, and political links between the U.S. and the Arab World. ARI seeks to ensure that Rihani's efforts to improve Arab-American relations are sustained. Carrying out these activities involves wide-ranging collaboration between ARI, universities, research organizations, think tanks, policy institutions, and The Ameen Rihani Organization (ARO). AU's Center for Global Peace, founded in 1996, provides a framework for programs and initiatives that advance the study and understanding of world peace. The center fosters a sustainable world order and focuses on the human environment, the cultural environment, the economic and political environment, and the natural environment.

The symposium was held on AU's campus, in the Washington College of Law building, and addressed many of the themes to which Rihani dedicated his life.

The generous support of His Royal Highness Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia made this symposium possible.

Symposium Program:

Friday, April 19, 2002

  Registration - 9:30 am

  Opening Session - 10:00 am

Dr. Abdul Aziz Said, Director, AU Center for Global Peace

HE Farid Abboud, Ambassador of Lebanon

Adonis, Arab Poet

Mr. James Zogby, President, Arab-American Institute

HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia,
Honorary Chair, International Advisory Board, Ameen Rihani Institute


Prince Turki Bin Talal
H.R.H. Prince Turki Bin Talal addressing the adudience

Ambassador Farid Abboud
His Excellency, Ambassador Abboud and Dr. Abdul Aziz Said (sitting)

Symposium Attendees
Standing Ovation for Prince Turki

1st Panel - 11:15 am: A Bridge Between the Arab World and the US: Rihani’s Role in Strengthening Arab-American Relations

Moderator: HE David Mack, Middle East Institute


  HE Clovis Maksoud - American University, Washington, D.C.
    Values and Policies of Arab-American Relations: Rihani’s Perspective

Audio-Visual Presentation: Ameen Rihani - Images and Quotations

2nd Panel - 2:00 pm: The Importance of Belonging and Universalism

Moderator: Dr. Hisham Sharabi, Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine


  Dr. Halim Barakat - Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
    Ameen Rihani: Daring to Dream

  Dr. Alice Birney - Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
    Rihani’s English Manuscripts and Universalism

  Dr. Naji Oueijan - Notre Dame University, Lebanon
    The Formation of a Universal Self: Rihani and Byron

  Dr. Nuwar Diab - Lebanese American University, Lebanon
    Ameen Rihani's Vision of Globalization: A Matrimony, Not Hegemony

2nd Panel
From left to right: Mr. Ossama Abi-Mershed representing Dr. Nuwar Diab, Dr. Alice Birney, Dr. Hisham Sharabi, Dr. Naji Oueijan, and Dr. Halim Barakat

3rd Panel - 3:30 pm: The Pattern that Connects Rihani, Carlyle, Emerson, Thoreau, Tolstoy, and Monahan

Moderator: Dr. John D. Anthony, National Council on US-Arab Relations


  Dr. Geoffrey Nash - University of Sunderland, England
    Rihani and Carlyle

  Dr. Walter Dunnavent - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    Rihani, Emerson, and Thoreau

  Dr. Mikhail Rodionov - Russian Academy for Scientific Research, Russia
    Rihani and Tolstoy

  Dr. Miles Bradbury - University of Maryland, Maryland
    Rihani and Monahan

Dr. John Duke Anthony
Dr. John Duke Anthony, Moderator

Dr. Mikhail Rodionov
Dr. Mikhail Rodionov
Saturday, April 20, 2002

Registration - 9:30 am

New Initiatives - 10:00 am

Ameen Rihani Scholarship - Mr. Sarmad Rihani
Ameen Rihani Statue - Dr. Suheil Bushrui
Ameen Rihani International Awards - Mr. Jean AbiNader

4th Panel - 10:45 am: The Path of Reconciliation: The Expression of Tolerance in Rihani’s Thought

Moderator: Ms. Helen Samhan, Arab-American Institute Foundation


  Dr. Christopher Vasillopulos - Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut     The Limits of Reconciliation

  Dr. Suheil Bushrui - Universtiy of Maryland, Maryland
    The Concept of Unity of Religion in Rihani’s Thought

  Dr. Ameen A. Rihani - Notre Dame University, Lebanon
    Reconciliation: The Case of Rihani and H.G.Wells

  Dr. Nathan Funk - American University, Washington, D.C.
    More than Tolerance: Rihani on Intercultural Reconciliation

4nd Panel
From left to right: Dr. Nathan Funk, Dr. Ameen A. Rihani, Dr. Christopher Vasillopulos, and Dr. Suheil Bushrui

5th Panel - 1:30 pm:Understanding Peace within Oneself, with Others, and Among Nations

Moderator: Mr. Jean Abi-Nader, Arab-American Institute


  Dr. Abdul Aziz Said - American University, Washington, D.C.
    Understanding Peace through Spirituality

  Dr. Terri DeYoung - University of Washington, Washington
    The Search for Peace and East-West Reconciliation in Rihani’s Prose Poetry

  Dr. Henry Melki - Notre Dame University, Lebanon
    Rihani’s Understanding of Peace with Others and Among Nations

6th Panel - 3:00 pm: Arab Identity in Arab-American Thought

Moderator: Ms. Kathryn Abdel Baki, Author


  Dr. Edmund Ghareeb - American University, Washington, D.C.
    The Role of Rihani and the Arab-American Media

  Dr. Nijmeh Hajjar - The Australian National University, Australia
    Ameen Rihani: A Humanist Vision of Arab Nationalism

  Mr. Hisham Milhem - Correspondent, Washington, D.C.
    Rihani’s Contributions to Arab-American Relations

Prince Turki
Prince Turki with the media

Read the speech of HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, presented by his son HRH Prince Turki Bin Talal: Ameen Rihani: A Meeting Point Between Two Cultures

Read the opening remarks by Dr. Abdul Aziz Said, Symposium Chair, and Adonis' presentation.

Select a Panelist's Paper to read:
  1. Ameen Rihani: Daring To Dream by Dr. Halim Barakat
  2. Ameen F. Rihani: The English Manuscripts and Universalism by Dr. Alice Birney
  3. The Search for Peace and East-West Reconciliation in Rihani's Prose Poetry by Dr. Terri DeYoung
  4. Ameen Rihani's Vision of Globalization: A Matrimony, Not Hegemony by Dr. Nuwar Diab
  5. Rihani, Emerson, and Thoreau by Dr. Walter Dunnavent
  6. More Than Tolerance: Rihani on Intercultural Reconciliation by Dr. Nathan Funk
  7. Ameen Rihani’s Humanist Vision of Arab Nationalism by Dr. Nijmeh Hajjar
  8. Ameen F. Rihani's Peace by Dr. Henry Melki
  9. Rihani and Carlyle by Dr. Geoffrey P. Nash
  10. The Formation of a Universal Self: Rihani and Byron by Dr. Naji Oueijan
  11. Ameen Rihani and H. G. Wells by Dr. Ameen A. Rihani
  12. Leo Tolstoy and Ameen Rihani: The Interaction Between Two Creative Worlds by Dr. Mikhail Rodionov
  13. Understanding Peace through Rihani’s Spirituality by Dr. Abdul Aziz Said
  14. The Limits of Reconciliation: Rihani’s View of State-Zionism by Dr. Christopher Vasillopulos

Selected Media Coverage:
Washington Post article of April 22, 2002
Washington File (US Dept. of State) article of April 25, 2002
An-Nahar article (Arabic) of April 24, 2002
An-Nahar article (Arabic) of April 25, 2002
L'Orient Le Jour article (French) of May 1, 2002