11.2.1. Provide public access to buildings and/or monuments and/or natural heritage landscapes that are of cultural significance
The UNESCO Club of the Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences hosts a celebration on the occasion of the "World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development" on 21 May 2019
Dr. Ayoub at the inauguration of the Amioun Photo Gallery: what he is doing puts Lebanon on the map of Arab and international tourism
In cooperation with the Lebanese University and the Lebanese-Italian mission to excavate antiquities in the interior regions - North Lebanon and the Municipality of Amioun, the Ministry of Culture - Directorate General of Antiquities organized a photo exhibition entitled "Recent Discoveries in Antiquities and Heritage in Amioun".
The exhibition aimed to explain the results of the archaeological exploration campaigns in Amioun since 2017, during which the results of the excavations were presented by Dr. Marco Yamoni from the “University of Udine”, Italy and Dr. May Haidar from the Department of Archeology & Arts (Branch 3).
Culture has a share in the Lebanese University exhibitions and faculty activities in various branches, represented by the organization of book exhibitions, photo and painting exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, etc.
Hanane, an actress and a citizen in her fifties, jogs daily in the streets of Beirut to fight against osteoporosis, obesity and depression. While running, she revisits her dreams, her desires, her disillusions and all the facets of the character Medea.
Alone on stage, Hanane, a wife and a mother, reveals her identity to become an actress who embodies different faces of the character Medea who end up fitting together like Russian dolls
In order to spread environmental and scientific culture in Lebanon, the Lebanese University owns natural and archaeological museums open to the public and school students free of charge during specific days of the year, namely:
The Natural Sciences Museum at the Pierre Gemayel University Compound-Fanar
George Tohme herbarium in the Rafik Hariri University Compound – Hadath
The Museum of Natural Sciences at the Lebanese University exists since 1979 and is a scientific wing that serves as a research tool for students and researchers, and a cultural portal for the stakeholders.
The museum includes a collection of samples of insects, reptiles and fossils, which the war that Lebanon had gone through had destroyed some of its contents and the remains were transferred to the Faculty of Sciences in Fanar in 1984. Before its official opening in May 2004, the museum was an insectology laboratory and part of a research project funded by the British Embassy in Beirut, as stated by Dr. Najla Zaidan, one of the Museum founders.
Dr. Zaidan said the museum's assets managed by the Department of Life Sciences and Earth at the Faculty of Sciences, include fossils and all that is related to Earth science from insects, reptiles, amphibians and stone tools used by humans two million years ago and the oldest in the Middle East. She also noted to the importance of documentary annotations alongside the exhibits (lists of names, sources and dates).
The Laboratory of Archeology at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences - Branch 2- Fanar. Conservation, Research & Documentation
The laboratory of archeology at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences (Branch 2), Fanar was inaugurated in 1986 as an independent three-storey building equipped and dedicated to archaeological research. Subsequently, it was severely affected by the events of the civil war, which inflicted enormous damage during more than twenty years.
The purpose of the laboratory was to enable students to practice and develop their theoretical knowledge (description, classification, conservation, etc.) under the supervision of their professors. Thus, future generations of archeology researchers had to be forged in this academic setting. At that time, the activity was sporadic following the pace of the war in very difficult conditions, including the lack of funding. Nevertheless, the collections kept were enriched with various archaeological objects (coins, ceramics and flint) thanks to the generosity of some donors and researchers. By way of example, Professor Raymond Gèze and his students collected a rich amount of rock specimens in the Lebanese mountains. The tenacity of faithful enthusiasts, students, professors and researchers has made it possible, against all odds, to maintain the laboratory to date.
The premises are currently home to a very rich material from archaeological excavations undertaken by teams of the Lebanese University during the 1990s and 2000’s. Thus, the restoration, cleaning and conservation of objects (coins, ceramics, glassware, etc.) play an important role to allow experts and specialists from the Department of Art and Archeology to carry out their studies. Therefore, several archaeological research teams are housed in the laboratory to prepare the result publications of their archaeological excavations. These discoveries are also the subject of several Master theses and PhD dissertations registered at the Lebanese University.
Soil and mineralogy labs were established at the Lebanese University - Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences (Branch 3) in 1994, and were later developed and equipped.
Professors and students of the Departments of Geography and Archeology benefit of the labs to carry out tutorials related to "Geography of Soil" and "Mineralogy".