Gilbert Doumit

Mona Fawaz

Nayla Geagea

Sidney Smith Hall, Room 5017A | 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3 (map)

Lebanon Revolts: Directly from Beirut

As the revolt in Lebanon enters its fifth consecutive week, we continue the “Lebanon revolts” series with a video call with experts directly from Beirut.
In this panel discussion, our speakers will discuss the larger political context of the ongoing revolution in Beirut and the role of civil society, the legal processes to follow in order to meet the demands of the protesters, and the importance of the urban mobilization across Lebanon. The panel will conclude on the role of the diaspora in this revolution!


About the speakers:

Gilbert Doumit is a founding member of the‭ LiBaladi and Beirut Madinati ‬political movements and a managing partner at a regional consulting firm specializing in Public Management & Policy Research.
Over the past 20 years, Gilbert worked with governments, private sector organisations, civil society, and political parties across more than 24 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia to conduct and deliver research and consultancy. Gilbert has contributed to the establishment of several organizations, initiatives, and campaigns in order to spread the values of Citizenship, Democracy, Social Justice, and Freedom in society across Lebanon and the Arab World. Doumit, is also a Lecturer at Saint Joseph University (‬USJ, ‬Lebanon) ‬on Social Entrepreneurship.

Mona Fawaz is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and the coordinator of graduate programs in Urban Planning, Policy and Design at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Fawaz’s forensic studies of the formation of modern Beirut have helped reshape the discipline of urban planning as it relates to the contemporary Global South. Her work has forced the field to re-examine core notions of land, law, urban citizenship, and “public good”. She has authored over fifty articles and book chapters addressing these topics.
Over the past two decades, Fawaz became recognized as a public voice advocating for the right to housing, the protection of public space including urban coasts, as well as urban inclusion and justice in Lebanon. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from AUB, a Masters and PhD in City and Regional Planning from MIT, and is an alumna of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Nayla Geagea is a political activist, Beirut Madinati member and lawyer with more than ten years of experience and practice with a focus on international human rights, protection of vulnerable groups and international criminal justice. Since 2008, she has engaged in legal research and drafted legal briefs, memoranda, and draft laws encompassing a range of issues related to human, social and economical rights. She has worked with multiple local and international organizations including research centers to develop public policies and advocate for legal reforms, to implement projects and activities aiming at addressing forms of discrimination and marginalization of various vulnerable groups, in addition to conducting workshops and training for local communities in remote areas on active citizenship and economical sustainability and supporting civic campaigns on the local and national level.

This event is organized by United Diaspora Toronto and co-sponsored by Intersections in the Department of Geography & Planning University of Toronto.

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