Posted on April 26, 2017

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) is preparing to dedicate its new building in Education City with a series of events.

NU-Q’s new home embodies the facilities and dynamics of a modern media and communication school and will allow NU-Q to increase programming at NU-Q, enhance its quality of teaching, and support a progressive agenda shared with the Qatar Foundation. On May 1st, NU-Q will host a symposium -  Shaping Our Future – which will feature a series of conversations, discussion panels, and a showcase of student research and short films and documentaries. The symposium is open to the public. Prior to the symposium – beginning at 8:30 a.m. NU-Q will provide tours of its new building.

The symposium, which will begin at 10:00 a.m., will commence with NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette E. Dennis joining with the architect Antoine Predock to discuss the building. The session – A New Home for Northwestern in Qatar: A Conversation with Antoine Predock – will address the conceptualization process of the new building and the architect’s ambition in its design. This will be followed by a panel discussion – Pushing the Boundaries: Making the Building Work for Us— which will explore NU-Q’s numerous technology features and cutting-edge facilities. The session will be moderated by Banu Akdenizli, associate professor, and will include panelists: Scott Curtis, director of the Communication Program and associate professor; Geoffrey Cannaby, director of production and digital media services; and NU-Q alumna Rawda Al Thani, film programming assistant at Doha Film Institute.

The third session will be NU-QF Partnership: Fostering Freedom and Respecting Cultures—featuring Northwestern alum and NU-Q Class of 2017’s graduation speaker, Derek Thomspon. Thompson, best-selling author and senior editor at The Atlantic, will be joined by NU-Q alums Ismaeel Naar, Najwa Al Thani, and Ibrahim Al Hashm to discuss the evolving media landscape in the region, and across the globe. The panel will be moderated by Craig LaMay, associate professor in the Journalism and Strategic Communication Program.

Following the symposium there will be a lunch in the Forum of NU-Q’s building.