News briefs: October 2016

NU-Q is holding a series of forums to discuss the U.S. presidential debate.

U.S. presidential debate forums

NU-Q is holding a series of forums to discuss the U.S. presidential debates. At the first forum, panelists spoke about the strategies used by each candidate in creating persuasive arguments. 

Mary Dedinsky, director of the journalism program at NU-Q, moderated the discussion. Panelists included Jocelyn Mitchell, assistant professor in residence in the liberal arts program; Banu Akdenizli, assistant professor in residence in the communication program; and Robb Wood, director of strategic partnerships.

The next debate forum, moderated by Dedinsky and Scott Curits, will be held on October 12 and will discuss the town hall debate.  

Students and alumni screen films at DFI showcase

Films made by students and alumni were featured at the Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) Focus on Qatar showcase in early October. Of the six documentaries screened at the Museum of Islamic Art, three were produced by current or former NU-Q students.

The students and alumni who were featured at the three-day event were:

  • Class of 2012 graduates Sara Al-Saadi, Maaria Assami, and Latifa Al-Darwish for Bader, which won the Made in Qatar award at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in 2012

  • Jassim Al-Rumaihi (’12) for The Palm Tree, which won the Made in Qatar Award at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in 2015

  • Aisha R. Al Muhannadi (’17) for Mubarak AlMalik

Films made by DFI-trained directors and other independent filmmakers in the country were also featured. Questions regarding funding opportunities, theatrical releases, film festivals, and alternative platforms were answered at the end of the session and over the weekend. 

Middle East Media research featured in regional journal

Findings from NU-Q’s latest Media in the Middle East research were published on the Arabic Journalism Observer’s (AJO) French website. One of the first stories on the site, the post focused on the rising use of the internet as a new medium for entertainment consumption.

“Our vision with this research is to generate reliable content from within the region and provide the industry with a unique insight into the workings of the media industry. It is encouraging to see that researchers around the world find that work valuable,” said Dean Everette E. Dennis.

The AJO provides news on media topics including press freedom, media trends, research, and other events in the industry. It was launched in July this year and is an extension of the European Journalism Observer, which includes 13 universities and research institutions. 

Northwestern general counsel delegation visits Qatar

Three top attorneys form Northwestern University’s Office of General Counsel visited NU-Q on October 3 and 4. The delegation led by Philip L. Harris, vice president and general counsel, included Stephanie Graham and Priya Harjani, both deputy general counsel. They took part in several meetings at NU-Q with members of the leadership teams where they discussed issues involving American and Qatari law. They also met with officials of Qatar Foundation and with the dean of the new HBKU Law School, Clinton Francis, who is a member of the NU law faculty in Chicago.

Sessions in the Doha community included a visit to the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre where they met with CEO Faisal Al-Sahouti and registrar Christopher Grout and at local law firm that works with NU-Q. “The visit was a welcome chance to learn more about home campus policies and to share information about issues specific to Qatar and international developments,” said Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO.