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AUK Celebrates National and Liberation Days

In commemoration of Kuwait's National and Liberation days, the American University of Kuwait (AUK) community celebrated Al-Koot week with activities spread across campus initiated and supported by the Office of Student Life. Collective efforts were received from AUK's clubs and organisations, including the International Relations Club (IRC), Fikir Club, AUKMUN, IEEESB AUK, the Billiards Club, Student Council, and AIESEC at AUK. In doing so, they were able to channel the holiday's national spirit through their unity, teamwork and cooperation.

The five-day celebration saw the campus decorated with traditional elements including a display of an old Kuwaiti house made of mud, along with traditional treats and services such as clothes, sweets and henna. Also, displays of traditional occupations like Al-Qalaleef displayed their work in handcrafted Kuwaiti boats; whereas Expo 2018 displayed antique electronics across the main hallway, reflecting the advancement of Kuwait's tech consumption habits. AUK alumna Nadeen Al-Ebrahim said, "It was very interesting and amusing to see traditional treats and clothes being served and displayed; it shows how our youth and generation still keep the Kuwaiti traditions alive."

In hopes of getting the community to contribute, events such as the Humanitarian Leader Blood Donation Campaign were held in honor of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's humanitarian role and spirit of giving to others. Later, a dialogue entitled, The Changing Nature of Kuwaiti Identity: Feminism and Meninism took place, addressing how the transformation of gender roles impacted the development of family life dynamics in Kuwait, led by PhD candidate of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Canada, Geoffrey Martin.

Special performances were done by students such as an adaptation of the 1981 classic play Bye Bye London on the adventures of a married man and his nephew through their travel to London. In attending the play, Loulwah Al-Omani, a junior student at AUK, said, "Watching the very famous, Bye Bye London comedy on campus made me very happy, it is such a classic play that not only Kuwaitis but people all around our Arab world enjoy."

The week also included live performance from the band Firqat Wanasa Al Hadhramiya, the release of lanterns, a gallery displaying images from Kuwait's invasion, and a lecture by Dr. Abdullah AlHajrey, Department Head of History at Kuwait University, in which he reflected on Kuwait's growth as a nation by discussing important events in its history and details of the constitution.

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Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 6th March 2018


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