On the responsibility of students

“The only certainty and constant is change”

Hummus For Thought

The following is an unfinished essay partly inspired by Noam Chomsky’s ‘The Responsibility of Intellectuals‘ (1967) and Dwight MacDonald’s ‘Responsibility of Peoples, and Other Essays in Political Criticism‘ (1957) as well as by the works of several journalists, intellectuals, activists and historians, namely Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Hannah Arendt, and Murray Bookchin.

Needless to say, focusing on Lebanon is a practical choice rather than a moral one. The essay is applicable regardless of your nationality and/or place of residence. It originally appeared in AUB’s Outlook in a slightly modified form, in print as well as online, for the week of October 28, 2014.

The year is 1980. Haitham Haddad is an architecture student and a musician at the American University of Beirut (AUB) when Nadia Tueni, Lebanon’s famed poetess, approaches him. She had been walking across our war-ridden country with film director Maroun Baghdadi when…

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