A Few Reflections about Global Education at NYUAD

Professor of Religious Studies and Law John Coughlin reflects on NYUAD’s experiment in global education.

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Interview with Bettina Hoerlin

The author tells us how she came to write about her parents’ life in Nazi Germany and the United States, a love story reconstructed from a long-lost cache of letters.

The interview inaugurates our new series, Conversations with Authors.

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Budding Scholars

Prompted by President Obama’s remarks about majoring in art history, NYUAD junior Veronica Houk meditates on what liberal arts education teaches you to do.

The latest in our roundtable on global liberal arts education for the twenty-first century.

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Looking Toward NYUAD: Mirrors for Princes

Diana Gluck talks to the Slavs and Tatars art collective, whose work will be appearing this spring at the NYUAD Art Gallery.

Part II of the interview focuses on the group’s plans for its residency at NYUAD.

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Adding Rigor to the Core Curriculum

The latest in our series on global liberal arts education at NYUAD and beyond.

NYUAD alumnus Krisztian Kovacs reflects on his experience with the college’s Core Curriculum and suggests a few changes for the future.

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Dreams and Delusions

Gabrielle Flores attends a program of short films at the Imagine Science Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

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Not Dead (White Men) Yet

To read, or not to read, the “dead white men”: that is the question for NYUAD senior Lauren Horst.

Part of our roundtable on global liberal arts education for the twenty-first century.

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NYUAD Core 2.0

Cyrus R. K. Patell starts up our roundtable on twenty-first-century global liberal arts education by suggesting that NYUAD reboot its Core Curriculum.

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Call for Submissions: 21st-Century Global Liberal Arts Education

A Virtual Roundtable about the promise and challenges of global liberal arts education in the twenty-first century at NYUAD and beyond.


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Twenty-First-Century Global Liberal Arts Education

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Frankenstein and His Progeny

An Electra Street Colloquium


Reimagining a Classic

What I found most interesting about Organs, Tissues, and Candy Games, the recent NYUAD student production created in collaboration with the Zoukak Theater Company from Lebanon, was its exploration of the ways in which the human body can be appropriated for purposes... read more

Frankenstein in Baghdad

I’m speaking about Frankenstein in Baghdad, a novel by Ahmed Saadawi, an Iraqi novelist who was born in Baghdad in 1973. This novel won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction earlier this year. As its title suggests, the novel was inspired by Frankenstein,... read more

Frankenstein and Technophobia

Let’s begin with a word that isn’t in either the 1818 or the 1831 texts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: robot. In fact, the word robot wasn’t coined until 1921, when it first appeared in the play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by the Czech... read more


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Weird History: Headspace 1.0

In 2013, four NYUAD students began interviewing their classmates about their experiences in Abu Dhabi. As the starting point for the interviews, they used seven questions: Why are you scared? Why do you feel repressed? Why do you feel liberated? Why do you regret... read more

Place, Language, and Literature

Part Two of a Conversation with the Judges for the 2015 Man Book International Prize [Editor’s Note: The Man Booker International Prize is a literary award given every two years to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally... read more

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Card Games in Nepal

The game is reasonably straightforward. Pass cards around from one player to another until someone collects a set of four. Each player can only hold four cards in her hand at once, and choosing to keep a new card means discarding another. Once someone has “four of a... read more

50 Dirhams a Day: Abu Dhabi

If you are looking to take a break from the overwhelming daily pace of Abu Dhabi, commit to an afternoon exploring the city. You’ll be surprised how far 50 dirhams will get you. Catch the number 5 bus to the Al Mina Port. Get off at the Electra Street stop, which is... read more

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