NYU Abu Dhabi is offering a varied program of events for the month of May 2017. All of the events listed below are open to the public and free to attend (unless otherwise indicated), and will take place at NYU Abu Dhabi’s campus on Saadiyat Island.

The Islamic Multiverse and Histories of Everyday Social Discourse

 (By invitation*)

Date: May 1-2 2017

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: NYUAD Campus

This workshop endeavors to expand the understanding of invisible entities in Islamic cosmology and Muslim societies across the longue durée. It brings together scholars whose work spans the geographic and temporal scope of Islamic history from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century with a focus on regional connectivities between Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia.

The session will be convened by Erin Pettigrew Assistant Professor of History and Arab Crossroads Studies, NYUAD, Scott Reese Professor, Islamic and World History, Northern Arizona University and Terenjit Sevea Assistant Professor, South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Religion or Science? How Early Muslim Thinkers Understood the Hidden Worlds

 (Open to the public)

Date: May 1 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: NYUAD Conference Center (A6)

The premodern Muslim thinkers who undertook the task of surveying the entirety of the human experience attempted to account for not only the world of nature, but also the unseen worlds beyond the senses. This presentation examines the roles assigned to the occult sciences in two encyclopaedic works composed in the 14th century: the Muqaddima, the famed Arabic introduction to history by the North African scholar Ibn Khaldun, and the Nafa’is al-fonun, a Persian encyclopedia by the Iranian savant Al-Amuli.

The speaker will be Carl Ernst Kenan, Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Using a Little Fish for Solving Big Health Problems

 (Open to the public)

Date: May 3 2017

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: NYUAD Conference Center (A6)

Diabetes. Obesity. Cancer. Chronic diseases are taking their toll on the world’s population, and their threat is rising. The instinct to accelerate research with a laser focus on finding treatments to halt these diseases in their tracks is shared by researchers, physicians, patients and the general public; but the race to the cure is not always the path to transformative discoveries. Basic understanding of the cellular, genetic, epigenetic and physiological processes that underlie all diseases is the primary way to figure out what has gone wrong. Using the model system, zebrafish, our work is uncovering the fundamental processes that give rise to metabolic disease and cancer in the liver.

This lecture discusses how a focus on basic research paired with efforts to encourage creativity and zeal in research opens new insights into biology and disease, and includes a discussion of how mentoring, empowering non-typical researchers, and openness to ideas inspires novel solutions.

The speaker will be Kirsten Sadler, Associate Professor of Biology, NYUAD

Sustainability in the Gulf: Environment, Civics & Dynamic Communities

 (Open to the public)

Date: May 7 2017

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: NYUAD Conference Center (A6)

Given their significant environmental footprints, their diverse and rapidly changing communities, and their commitment to innovation and aggressive sustainability goals for new developments, Gulf Cooperation Council nations are on the cusp of transforming themselves into global environmental leaders. However, ambitious government projects must work in tandem with local communities. The majority of companies doing business in the GCC nations are foreign owned and operated. The majority of residents in the GCC nations are foreign nationals residing there temporarily. Yet the conduct of these individuals and corporations has a permanent impact on local society and the environment.

This panel discussion engages in answering the following question: How do we embrace civic responsibility, environmental aspirations, and the dynamism of an international community to drive sustainable behavior in the region?

The session will be moderated by Clare Woodcraft, CEO, Emirates Foundation for Youth Development.

The 1st Middle East Population Health Research Conference:

Research Priorities in Tackling the Growing Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases

(By invitation*)

Date: May 8-10 2017

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: NYUAD Campus

The Middle East faces an emerging health crisis due to the large and rapidly increasing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and mental health disorders. This is the first conference in the region to bring together experts in areas of NCD research.

The conference aims to examine the current state of NCD research in the region, share best practices, establish priorities and make recommendations for building research capacity in the region. The goal of this conference is to establish a regional NCD research network, and prioritize actions that will move efforts forward to bring the epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases under control.

The event will be convened by Dr Raghib Ali, Principal Investigator of the UAE Healthy Future Study and Director of Public Health Research Center, NYUAD. Looking to recruit 20,000 UAE nationals between the ages of 18-40 for the purpose of medical research, the UAE Healthy Future Study is seeking to determine how the population of the UAE has come to have one of the highest rates of lifestyle diseases including obesity, diabetes and heart disease, in the world.

Reversing the Rising Tide of Chronic Diseases: Challenges and Opportunities

(Open to the public)

Date: May 9 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: NYUAD Conference Center (A6)

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and mental health disorders are a major cause of premature adult death and account for approximately 68% of the total burden of disease globally. The Middle East is facing a growing epidemic of NCDs, including some of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes found in the world, caused by rapid demographic and epidemiological transitions with changes in environmental factors (e.g. lifestyle, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, smoking, urbanization, etc.)

This talk examines the rising tide of NCDs in the region and highlights both challenges and opportunities unique to the region for stemming the epidemic.

The speaker will be Abdullah Daar, Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall

(Open to the public)

Date: May 11 2017

Time: 8:00pm

Location: Red Theater, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi


Date: May 12 2017

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Red Theater, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

Globetrotting, Montreal-based scratch DJ and music producer Kid Koala presents a magical, multi-disciplinary and theatrical adaptation of his graphic novel and soundtrack, Nufonia Must Fall. Nufonia Must Fall’s charming story centers around a headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence, who through the course of the story falls in love.

Directed by K.K. Barrett, Oscar-nominated for Her (Spike Jonze), this live adaptation unfolds via real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature stages and a cast of puppets, while Kid Koala and the dynamic Afiara Quartet provide original live scoring on piano, strings and turntables (composed by Kid Koala). The result of which is that the audience seems to be watching an animated film, but simultaneously sees puppets being filmed (and projected) in real time.

Angel Rising 2017 — Investor Education Symposium

(Open to the public)

Date: May 13 2017

Time: Registration opens at 1pm

Location: NYUAD Conference Center (A6)

Angel Rising is an annual symposium organized by startAD and VentureSouq that provides education sessions on key topics related to Angel Investing to individuals from the region who has expressed an interest in investing in startups.

The development of a broad, sophisticated class of investors is a necessity in a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, and can be a critical part of the desired solution for the MENA region. In order for a startup ecosystem to flourish, the investor base needs to mature and evolve in lock step with the entrepreneur base.

Register now and find more information here.

Film Screening: Amal by Nujoom Alghanem

(Open to the public)

Date: May 18 2017

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: NYUAD Conference Center (A6)

Amal arrives in the UAE, filled with dreams and a 1-year work contract on a TV project. After the first year, she finds herself unable to achieve her most simple goals, which require her to continuously shift jobs. She soon realises that her rich experience as an artist in Syria, is of little value in the UAE, where she remains on the fringe of its arts and culture scene. Feeling lost and forgotten in a foreign land, she is faced with the challenge of deciding to stay or leave.

This film screening is in connection with But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008, on view at the NYUAD Art Gallery from March 2 to May 27, 2017.

Family Workshop: Objects as Art

(Open to the public)

Date: May 19 2017

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Seminar Room, NYUAD Art Gallery

The NYUAD Art Gallery invites young people and their families to create artwork using everyday objects. Inspired by artists in the “But We Cannot See Them” exhibition, participants will learn how to take objects used in daily life, like slippers, ropes, and combs, and repurpose them as material for art-making.

This workshop is in connection with But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008, on view at the NYUAD Art Gallery from March 2 to May 27, 2017.


*Interested media may kindly contact us to attend.


About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from 110 nations and speak over 100 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.


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