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Melanie Swan

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Arts & Culture Gender Liberal Arts

Qatari Artist Encourages Others to Find Freedom in Their Work

Melanie Swan | 26 Feb 2021

Art was a saving presence for the multidisciplinary artist Ameera AlAji in her youth. Now she hopes to inspire a new generation of Qatari artists to find a similar freedom.

Faculty Research Science Students Teaching

United Arab Emirate’s Mars Probe Increases Interest in Space Studies

Melanie Swan | 22 Feb 2021

More UAE university students are enrolling in courses related to space and physics, after a UAE space mission began beaming back images of Mars.

Administration Arts & Culture Liberal Arts Literature & Translation

Young Art Executive Has a Key Role in Qatar’s Public Art Scene

Melanie Swan | 12 Feb 2021

As the Qatar Foundation’s senior art specialist, Layla Bacha manages an art portfolio that includes major public artworks and museum collections.

Coronavirus Employment Faculty Mental Health Students

Ajman University Caps a Challenging Year with a Drive-Through Graduation

Melanie Swan | 11 Feb 2021

The university, in the Emirates, wanted students to have some semblance of a normal cap-and-gown experience after a challenging school year.

Arts & Culture Liberal Arts Mental Health

A Dubai Artist Helps Women Process Difficult Times Through Creativity

Melanie Swan | 29 Jan 2021

Art helped Zaahirah Muthy get through challenging times in her own life. She launched a series of art therapy workshops in Dubai to help other women do the same.

Arabic Faculty Profiles Students Teaching

A Promoter of Peaceful Co-Existence Seeks a New Model for Arab Education

Melanie Swan | 11 Jan 2021

Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi sees education as the best hope for countering extremism and building a better future.

Arts & Culture Coronavirus Liberal Arts

Artists in Saudi Arabia Gain New Recognition and Support

Melanie Swan | 08 Jan 2021

A new art grant from the Misk Art Institute provides major support for artists and could help shift attitudes about careers in art.

Faculty Mental Health Students Study Abroad Technology & Online Learning

Mental Health Support for Students Is Still in Early Stages in the U.A.E.

Melanie Swan | 14 Dec 2020

Student access to counseling and preventive mental health support at universities in the United Arab Emirates need improvements, student and psychologists say.

Arts & Culture Coronavirus Internet Liberal Arts

Art in Isolation: Arab Artists Express Emotions Evoked by Covid-19

Melanie Swan | 27 Nov 2020

Art by Arab artists, on view online and at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., reflects on universal feelings of isolation and confinement caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Arts & Culture Coronavirus Liberal Arts

Sharjah Youth Exhibition Will Showcase Work Inspired by the Coronavirus

Melanie Swan | 23 Oct 2020

Young artists have submitted more than a thousand works to Sharjah Youth’s “Art for All” project, a virtual exhibit that will be on view later this month.




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