GUST conducts Book Release Ceremony

The A. M. Al-Refai Library conducted the book release ceremony for the most recent books of GUST editors and authors, on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by Dr. Donald Bates, President, followed by individual signing of books by respective editors and authors, in the presence of faculty, staff, and the Management. Dr. Salah-Al-Sharhan, VP for Planning & Development and Acting VP for Academic Affairs, was also present at the event.

The books released during the event were: Advances in Applied Mathematics, Ali R. Ansari; The Arab Uprisings: Catalysts, Dynamics, and Trajectories, Fahed Al-Sumait, Nele Lenze, and Michael C. Hudson; Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia, Qinna Shen and Martin Rosenstock; The Autobiography of Buster Keaton, Alan Ramon Clinton.

Dr. Ansari thanked Ms. Shobhita Kohli, Library Director for organizing the event. He further thanked his colleagues for the honour their books brought to the College; as such four books actually came out of the College of Arts and Sciences and which for sure deserved an applause.  

Dr. Fahad Al-Sumait the lead editor of the book, ’The Arab Uprisings: Catalysts, Dynamics and Trajectories’ spoke on how the edited collection brought together scholars of the Middle East from around the world and from a number of different academic traditions. He further explained that "the main goal of this book is to identify the kinds of questions that we should be continually asking about what is going on in the region, rather than rushing to make hasty judgments about the ultimate outcomes of the uprisings." He continued by stating, "it was a real honor to work on this book with so many leading scholars from across several disciplines. I learned a considerable amount in putting this together and hope that the readers will have a similar experience."

Dr. Martin Rosenstock, briefly spoke about the book. ‘Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia, a collection of essays that examines German-language cultural production pertaining to modern China and Japan, and explicitly challenges orientalist notions by proposing a conception of East and West not as opposites, but as complementary elements of global culture, thereby urging a move beyond national paradigms in cultural studies.

Dr. Alan Clinton, author of the novel, ‘The Autobiography of Buster Keaton’ said that “the most rewarding thing about writing his novel was the excuse to obsessively watch the films and study the life of Keaton, the silent film comedian and director considered by many to be greater than his more celebrated colleague, Charlie Chaplin."

Group pictures were taken at the end, and refreshments were served to all the attendees of the event. It was a great opportunity for the Library to receive a signed copy of each of the released books.