On February 7, 2013, Dr. Betty Anderson presented a lecture at CCAS called “AUB: Student Activism and National Identity,” which delineated the transformation of the Arab narrative at the American University of Beirut. Founded on Protestant missionary goals, Anderson’s lecture begins by explaining the absence of an Arab identity in the classroom. However, as the American liberal education system began to evolve abroad and narratives by American students came through to AUB, Arab students began to challenge the narrative that was coming through the educational process.
Betty S. Anderson graduated from Trinity College in 1987 as a history and political science major and then received a PhD in Near Eastern History from UCLA in 1997. She is the author of Nationalist Voices in Jordan: The Street and the State (University of Texas Press, 2005), The American University of Beirut: Arab Nationalism and Liberal Education (University of Texas Press, 2011), and State and Society in the Modern Middle East (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2015).