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Beirut and the Levant: Connections and Contrasts

1st Levantine Heritage Foundation Symposium in Beirut, Lebanon

November 27, 2023 – November 18, 2023
9am - 8pm


1st Levantine Heritage Foundation symposium in Beirut, Lebanon in partnership with RestART Beirut, Sursock Palace Association and Musée Nicolas Sursock.


Friday 17 November 2023

09.00 Registration

09.30 Welcome Quentin Compton-Bishop, Chairman Levantine Heritage Foundation Marie-Eve Didier, Re-Start Beirut

09.45 Keynote address : Dr. Philip Mansel, ‘Beirut and the Levant: Between Constantinople and Paris’

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Dr. Leila Tarazi Fawaz, Tufts University, ‘Merchants and Migrants in 19th Cent. Beirut’

11.45 Prof. May Davie, University of Balamand, ‘Beirut notables in their city in the 19th century’

12.30 Lunch break

14.00 Welcome

14.05 Charles Hayek, Independent scholar and founder of Heritage and Roots work, ‘The Silk Road from Beirut to Lyon’

14.30 Samir Moubarak, Ambassador (retired), ‘Beirut 1840-1918. A Visual and Descriptive Portrait’

15.00 Tea/coffee

15.30 Fadlo Dagher, Dean ALBA, ‘Levantine architecture in Beirut’

16.00 Prof. Carla Eddé, Université Saint Joseph, ‘The Levantine Heritage in the French Mandate Beirut Urban Development Projects’

16.30 Rana El Ghobry, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, ‘Processing of family archives’

17.00 Concluding panel moderated by Dr. Nadine Panayot, AUB

19.00 Reception hosted by Mary and Roderick Cochrane, Sursock Palace

Saturday 18 November 2023

10.00 Tour of Levantine sites of interest in Beirut

12.00 Lunch

14.00 Afternoon trip to Saida

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