The five-year grant will support fifteen faculty fellowships and ten postdoctoral fellowships, in addition to writers- and artists-in-residence, public arts events, regional collaboration with scholars and universities, and other program activities and exchanges. Building on the university's Arts and Humanities Initiative, which has been supported by the Mellon Foundation since its inception in 2012, the center will work to establish AUB's regional leadership in liberal arts education.
"Given the radical transformations underway in the region, the humanistic role of AUB is more critical than ever," said university provost Ahmad Dallal. "This new center will provide an alternative Middle Eastern site for the production of humanistic knowledge rooted in local and regional cultures. The center will occupy a pivotal position in mediating and articulating both interregional and East-West cultural dialogues in a way inaccessible to similar centers in the U.S. or Europe, and will be the natural regional and international partner for collaborative arts and humanities projects."