Arts and Cultural Expression

The Amman Center organizes and hosts a variety of conferences, talks, summits, and workshops that address the fields of arts and culture in Jordan and the region. In collaboration with a wide range of local, regional and international institutions, the Amman Center works on issues ranging from language and archaeology to film and history. Over the summer months, the Center also hosts students and faculty from Columbia University as part of multiple programs on Arabic language and culture, environmental sustainability, and architecture.

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July 26, 2017

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July 21, 2017

Film Professor from Columbia University holds courses in Amman

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June 08, 2017

President’s Global Innovation Fund 2017

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October 11, 2016

British filmmaker examines water theft in Jordan

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September 21, 2016

Exploring a Region in Transition as Change Sweeps the Middle East

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September 13, 2016

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Global Centers Connect with Alumni in Greece

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June 10, 2015

Columbia Experience Overseas Program

The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East continues to hold the Columbia Experience Overseas Program (CEO), in partnership with the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. CEO is a unique eight-week internship offered for the fifth time in Amman on June 10 - August 8, 2015. The program was organized in coordination with Jill Burya, Associate Director, Center for Career Education. 

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