How to Develop Historical Thinking: National Expansion Program, June 2015-September 2016

The Centre for Lebanese Studies in collaboration with the Lebanese Association for History organized a training program entitled “How to Develop Historical Thinking”. The program represented a second phase of “Developing History Teachers Capacity to Foster Historical Thinking”, a project implemented in 2014 – 2015.  The program was funded by the Embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands. The program started in June 2015 and ends in September 2016.

This training program aimed at:

  1. Shifting history education from didactic approaches of memorizing a single narrative to disciplinary approaches to historical thinking
  2. Generating interest in disciplinary approaches.
  3. Encouraging teachers to explore classroom management techniques that help build democratic classrooms where students engage in constructive and critical dialogues.

The workshops focused on three concepts: causation, Change and continuity and historical evidence. They were facilitated by members of Lebanese Association for History: Maha Shuayb, Nayla Hamadeh, Bassel Akar, Jihan Francis, Amira Hariri and Khaled Al Masri.

The workshops covered three regions in Lebanon: Baakleen in Mount Lebanon, Kfar Jouz in the south and Tripoli in the north.

115 teachers participated in the workshops

Dinner Talk Centre for Lebanese Studies

As part of a continuing series of events to mark our 30th anniversary, the Centre for Lebanese Studies, together with the European Council on Foreign Relations’s MENA programme, are delighted to invite you to an interactive dinner talk with Ambassador Tom Fletcher on Thursday 10th December 2015 at 7:30 for 8PM.  The event will be held in the private dining room The Gallery at the Bluebird Club, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU.  

Ambassador Fletcher, who served as HM’s envoy to Lebanon from 2011 until the summer of 2015, and prior to that was Prime Minister David Cameron’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs, will offer his perspective on current events in the Middle East, especially as they relate to Lebanon.  His time in Lebanon coincided with the divisions in the country and its role in geopolitical rivalries being played out across a swathe of the region and notably neighbouring countries. He will look at how these crises continue to play out in the region and in Lebanon.

Ambassador Fletcher was a unique and mould-breaking Ambassador, who calls himself the Naked Diplomat, a title that suggests a new brand of 21st century statecraft: authentic, transparent, flexible and engaged.  He used methods of communication and digital diplomacy that broke with tradition, and which proved extremely popular, high-profile and effective.   He was a prolific user of social media during his time in Lebanon, posting 10,000 tweets, almost 6 or 7 a day. These drew in approximately 48,000 followers, almost twice as many as the UK’s Foreign Secretary.  He was also an active blogger, and his final post on 31 July, A Farewell to Lebanon, So…Yalla Bye, went viral, and attracted enormous attention for its humour and candour.