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  • Monday Oct 08 2012 from 06:00 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Monday Oct 15 2012 from 06:00 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Monday Oct 22 2012 from 06:00 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Monday Oct 29 2012 from 06:00 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Monday Nov 05 2012 from 06:00 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Monday Nov 12 2012 from 06:00 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Monday Nov 19 2012 from 06:00 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Monday Nov 26 2012 from 06:00 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Monday Dec 03 2012 from 06:00 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Museum Mouawad
  • Arts & Culture, Conferences & Workshops

RectoVerso Library's cultural program with Talks and Workshops at Museum Mouawad starts on Monday 8 Oct.

1. No Need to Register for the Talks - Just come along and bring your friends

2. Talks will take place from 6:00 sharp to 7:30 PM (each Monday)
Try to come from 5 onwards to enjoy the garden and the refreshments while meeting other participants.


October 15 - Kamel Lawand
6:00 - 7:30 pm

The 1001 Secrets of Tea
The talk will show us how to differentiate between different types of teas: white, green, oolong, black, green and others. We will learn what to look for when tasting or grading tea. Kamel will talk about the constituents of tea, its benefits and rituals.

Language: English assisted by Arabic
Kamel Lawand is an IT engineer whose is passionate about tea and flying. As an amateur of tea, Kamel will share his deep knowledge of this beverage with us with the hope this talk will create tea lovers and a solid community.


October 22 - Ziad Abichaker
From Garbage with Love
Ziad will talk about his experience recycling garbage and about how his engineering team, after four years of research, developed a new technology which transforms plastic bags into solid plastic panels used in the outdoors to replace wooden and steel panels. Currently, they are transforming that technology from using fossil fuels to generate the required energy to biomass a renewable energy source.

Language: English assisted by Arabic
Ziad Abichaker is the CEO of Cedar Environmental, Lebanon. He is an Environmental Engineer, Industrial Engineer and a Master Garbage Man. He specializes in building Municipal Recycling Facilities versus central Mega recycling Plants. At Rutgers University, his team developed a technology to accelerate composting of organic waste in an odorless manner to produce high grade fertilizer. In 1996, in Lebanon, he launched Cedar Environmental that aims at recycling garbage to produce organically certified and recyclable fertilizers without waste material.

Recipient of an American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) design award in 1993 for his design linking municipal waste management to agriculture. In 2001, he received the Ford Motor Company Environmental & Conservation award for the Middle East. He was recently named Arab Social Innovator for 2011 by Synergos institute in New York City, USA. Website: email:، Twitter: @Ziad_AC

November 5 - Faisal Abu-Ezzedin
The Cedar Tree Delusion
In this talk, Faisal will examine the cedar trees of Lebanon and our attitudes and practices that almost caused their extinction. Faisal adds his voice to a number of distinguished historians, biologists and travelers who expressed their frustration regarding the merciless destruction of this magnificent conifer and its mountain habitat.

Language: English assisted by Arabic
Faisal Abu-Ezzedin was born and raised in the village of Abadieh, Lebanon and studied agriculture at the American University of Beirut. He spent most of his working career establishing protected areas and promoting conservation of biodiversity in the Arab region through international organizations such as UNEP, UNESCO, UNDP, and IUCN. Faisal now serves as an independent environmental consultant and senior adviser to the Shouf Biosphere Reserve in Lebanon.


November 12 - Hana Alamuddin
Tu Rath or not Tu Rath: The Status of our Heritage Houses
Central question: Why is it that most of the countries in the world, including countries of the region, have been successful in preserving their built heritage and we have not?

Hana will start with a brief description of where we are now v/v heritage houses. She will define exactly what we mean by “heritage houses”. Finally Hana will look at the issues involved in their preservation and how they can be addressed.

Language: English assisted by Arabic
Hana Alamuddin, R.I.B.A, SMarchs (M.I.T, U.S.A), LEED green Associate, started her practice in Lebanon, Almimariya, Architects and Designers, in 1999. The practice works on architectural, urban design and landscape projects within the perimeters of sustainable development and construction.

She is also a senior lecturer at AUB. As a member of the executive committee of the Association Pour la Protection des Sites et Anciennes Demeurs. Liban (APSAD) from 1999 to 2008, she also worked on heritage preservation projects in Lebanon


November 19 - Emily Nasrallah
Pioneering Women
The talk will concentrate on a few pioneering women, both Arab and non-Arab. These stories come from Emily’s multi‑volume book on Pioneering Women (Sayidat Ra’eedat).

Language: Arabic
Emily Nasrallah is one of the leading fiction writers in Lebanon and the Arab world. Emily Nasrallah has published scores of books. Her coverage is also beyond fiction into various social subjects. As expected from her modern entry in such social subjects, Emily Nasrallah became a prolific writer, publishing many novels, children’s stories and short story collections touching on themes such as family, village life, war, emigration and women’s rights.

The latter has been a subject she has maintained support for throughout her life however, as she insists, only by joining the question to cover men and women jointly.


November 26 - Hadi Damien
How to safely boost your cyber presence
Inspired by last September’s first “International Internet Ethics Symposium”, Hadi’s interactive talk will question the hidden flaws and breaches of our day to day use and presence in Cyber Space. Astonishing real life stories will highlight computer security issues (hacking, phishing, viruses, hoaxes, cyber-bullying) and Internet savoir-vivre and savoir-faire (copyright, email practices, social media).

Aware of the cyber-communication hegemony, Hadi put together this presentation to shine the light on some practices we often wrongly perceive as harmless. Relying on his experience in the handling of events he brings in practical and essential tips on how to convey the best image of our not-so-virtual persona. Mobile users and IT professional geeks will also enjoy a visual presentation of social (not)working.
This is not a technical talk but one aimed at enhancing our life in Cyber Space.

Language: English
Hadi Damien has a BA in Translation and Language and is currently completing another in Interior Architecture. He has been a Theatre Practitioner for the past 13 years. He also handles cultural events an activity that covers production, communications and media coverage of cultural events: plays, openings, signing, launching, etc. Hadi is currently in charge of the Lebanese Cultural Delegation to the VIIes Jeux de la Francophonie of Nice 2013.


December 3 - Jala Makhzoumy
The Life and Death of the Beiruti House Garden
The talk elaborates the origin of the Beiruti house garden that is in fact the rural hakura drawing on the parallels with the Abrahamic idea of the garden of Paradise. An overview is given of the components of a traditional Beiruti Garden based on surveys undertaken 2002-2008 concluding with the demise of the garden in a city that is increasingly becoming a concrete jungle.

Language: English
Jala Makhzoumi is a landscape architect, pioneering theory and practice of ecological landscape design in the Middle East. She serves as consultant to projects that include rural heritage conservation, postwar recovery and sustainable urban greening.

She has authored many articles and co-authored Ecological Landscape Design and Planning: the Mediterranean context (London, EF & N Spon, 1999) and Horizon 101 (Beirut, Dar Onboz, 2010), reflective study in watercolor and prose of landscape, displacement and identity.