Autumn School 2016

6 – 7 – 8 October, 2016

“The role of young people in the transition towards democracy and strengthening its values in their societies.”

 

First: the idea of the topic:

Since 2011, the Arabic world has been witnessing intellectual, cultural and political movements accompanied by popular demands for calling for more democracy in their societies.What is striking in this phenomenon is that young people (men and women) are the fundamental lever for all the social and political changes in the world in general and Arab countries in particular.Concerning this issue, the UNESCO through its role in the whole world, accompanied by the International Centre for Human Sciences through its role in the Arabic countries, are trying to encourage civil society organizations and strengthening their institutional capacities and skills, in addition to the capabilities and skills of its members, in order to be able to identify the social and political problems in their countries, and the perception of renovated solutions, and seeking to achieve ongoing perseverance and fight.

But on the other hand, the transition towards democracy in the Arab countries seems really difficulty due to the flaws dominating in their societies such as the disintegration of the level of identity and belonging, the lack of the national loyalty, and the fragility of the concept of citizenship and the conditions for it to be practiced.This requires diligent and sustained action by civil society organizations, educational institutions, in addition to centers and institutions having an international character. However, the primary variable actor cannot come from outside but from within the society and its solid components.As long as the youth component is the essential lever to lead the society towards democracy, the Enlightenment and the fight efforts should be focused on activating the role of young people (especially university students) and developing their abilities and skills in the areas of dialogue and the acceptance of the other who is culturally and physically different,the recognition of the right of difference, criticism, thinking methodology, and the assets and ethics of the debate…

The autumn school project aspires to achieve these goals and train participants to fight in order to achieve them in their societies.

 

Second: the topics of the sessions:

The topics of the sessions are at the same time the topics of work for the research teams:

  1. What is a democratic society? (The first session – Thursday) Dr. Rima Majed
  2. The transition towards democracy and its challenges. (The second session – Thursday) The Dean KamilHabib
  3. Democratic transition in our composite societies: the techniques and methods of work. (The third session- Friday) Dr. Sami Ofeish
  4. The role of young people in the transition towards democracy. (The fourth session- Friday) Dr. Khalil Khairallah
  5. Putting a demand executive plan in support of the cause of democracy required in Lebanese society determined by the research groups (for example, a civil personal status law, nationality law in relation to women, electoral law outside of the confessional registry, electoral law on the basis of relativity … etc). (The fifth session – Saturday)
  6. The end of the program: recommendations, distribution of certificates. (Saturday).

 

Third: the executive design:

Number of days: 3 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday on 6, 7 and 8 October 2016). Number of students: 16 regular students + 16 free students, in addition to 10 graduates and a number of university professors who are interested in the topic, so the total number in the hall would be between forty and fifty maximum.

Number of research teams: four teams – Each team consists of four students

Number of supervising professors: 4 supervising professors

Number of guest lecturers: 4 guests lecturers

 

Fourth: supervising professors:

Dr. Khalil Khairallah – Dr. Sami Ofeish – Dr. Rima Majid – Dr. KamilHabib.

 

Fifth: guest lecturers:

NassifNassar (what is a democratic society?) Thursday 6th of October, before noon.NizarSaghieh (the transition towards democracy and its challenges) Thursday 6th of October, in the afternoon.

Sami Kleib (the democratic transition in our composite societies: the techniqes and methods of work). Friday 7 October, before noon.

Gibran Areiji (the role of young people in the transition towards democracy). Friday 7 October, in the afternoon.

 

The first day – Thursday 6 October 2016

9:00-9:30 Registration of the participants and an introductory speech of the director of the center, Dr. Adonis Akra.
9:30-13:309:30-11:00

 

 

11:00-11:30

 

11:30-13:30

First: What is the democratic society? Dr. Rima Majed(professor at the American University) 

Lecturer: Dean NassifNassar (former dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Institute of the Lebanese University).

 

 

Coffee break

 

The work of  the first group under the supervision of Dr. Rima Majed

 

13:30-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-18:30 

 

 

14:30-16:00

 

16:00-16:30

 

16:30-18:30

Second: the transition towards democracy and its challenges. The dean KamilHabib (former dean of the faculty of Business Administration and the current Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the Lebanese University)Lecturer: lawyer NizarSaghieh

 

Coffee Break

 

The work of the second team is under the supervision of the dean KamilHabib.

20:30 Dinner

 

The second day – Friday 7 October 2016

9:30-13:30 

9:30-11:00

 

11:00-11:30

 

11:30-13:30

Third: the democratic transition in our composite societies: the techniques and methods of work. The dean Sami Ofeish(former dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Balamand, currently Head of the Political Science and International Affairs Department at Balamand University).Lecturer: Dr. Sami Kleib

 

Coffee break

 

The work of the third team under the supervision of the dean Sami Ofeish

 

13:30-14:30 Lunch break
14:30- 18:3014:30-16:00

 

18:00-16:30

 

16:30-18:00

Fourth: the role of young people in the transition towards democracy. Dr. Khalil Khairallah (professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Lebanese University).Lecturer: Mr. Gibran Areiji 

Coffee break

 

The work of the fourth team under the supervision of Dr. Khalil Khairallah

 

20:00 Dinner

 

Third Day: Saturday on 8 October 2016

9:30-13:30 Team work: managed and assisted by MsZeina Mir (head of the citizenship formation department at the International Centre of Human Sciences)Putting a demand executive plan in support of the cause of democracy required in Lebanese society determined by the research groups (for example, a civil personal status law, nationality law in relation to women, electoral law outside of the confessional registry, electoral law on the basis of relativity …

 

13:30 Lunch

 

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