Sakka Family Fund Visiting Scholars

2019 – 2020


Ammar Khammash is well established in Jordan and internationally for his knowledge in Jordan’s cultural and natural heritage. He is an expert in local building techniques and traditions; has extensive knowledge in the geology of Jordan and its natural features; and is one of the few architects who are interested in medicinal plants and using them as a viable tool in the socio-economic development. This section includes research and publications by Khammash on numerous topics including design, architecture, environment, paleontology and geology from 1986 till present.

:الأردن في محيط الشرق الأوسط
أرض خصبة من الإبداع الإنساني منذ ١٤ الف سنة و إلى اليوم

When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12:00 PM
Where: Poulton 230
*Lecture in Arabic with Luncheon to Follow*

Three Decades of Innovation in the Middle East:
Jordan as a Case Study

When: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 5:00 PM
Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC 141 (Enter through 241)
*Public Lecture in English with Dinner Reception to Follow*

Sustainable Architecture in Jordan

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2016, 6:00 PM
Where: Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery

2017 – 2018

Scholar in Residence
University of Sharjah

Interests: Linguistic studies, texts investigating, linguistic research, lexicography, and cultural studies on aspects of thought and philosophy of language, Quran studies, manuscripts.


:معجم المرأة في القرآن الكريم
مفردات الكلام والأحكام والأعلام

When: April 11, 2018, 3:00 PM
Where: Poulton Hall 230

:المعجم اللغوي التاريخي
المغَيَّب المنتَظَر

When: April 19, 2018, 5:30 PM
Where: Poulton Hall 230

*Both talks are in Arabic and refreshments will be served*


2016 – 2017

The Poetry of Qassim Haddad: Roundtable on Translation

When: Friday Oct. 21st, 3:00pm
Where: ICC 450

Roundtable participants include:
Acclaimed Bahraini Poet and Critic, Qassim Haddad, Sakka Family Fund Visiting Professor, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University
Ferial Ghazoul, American University in Cairo
Sharif Elmusa, American University in Cairo
Hatem Alzahrani, Georgetown University
Hasan Alsulami, Georgetown University
Elliott Colla, Georgetown University

The Poetry of Qassim Haddad: Poetry Reading and Roundtable on Translation 

Poetry Reading by: Qassim Haddad
When: Wednesday Oct. 19th, 6:00pm
Where: CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241)

*Both events will be in Arabic with a reception to follow the reading*


Fall 2016 Poetry Colloquium: Transgression and Invention Language, Genre and Interarts in Modern Arabic Poetry

Director: Suzanne Stetkevych
Assistant Director: Hatem Alzahrani
When: 27-28 October, 2016
Where: Baker Scholars Conference Room, Room 550, Regent’s Hall 5th Floor

AbstractsEnglish, Arabic
Program in Arabic