The AUIS Library is pleased to receive a new collection of books donated by the United States Consulate in Erbil and the Institute of the Study of the Ancient World at the New York University recently. The ISAW shipment includes nearly 300 items, including a number of titles on the history of the Ancient Near East, as well as materials on Classical, East Asian, and European history and archaeology. This was ISAW's second donation to AUIS. In 2015, ISAW shipped hundreds of books on world history, including standard reference volumes on Asia, the Mediterranean, and of Mesopotamia. "Almost every single volume included in the donation is a classic in its field; the few exceptions provide detailed accounts of important historical topics,” Professor Tobin Hartnell had said, thanking ISAW for their generous donation in 2015. The titles in ISAW's recent donation were selected by members of the AUIS faculty, including Lynn Rose, Frederick Monsma, and Tobin Hartnell. The US Consulate donated 134 books, mostly literature and fiction, and some DVDs to the library. The consulate has previously donated to the library as well as the Center for Gender and Development Studies at AUIS. We hope this donation will help students and faculty with studies and research for years to come.
ISAW is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, housed at the New York University (NYU), which aims to encourage particularly the study of the economic, religious, political and cultural connections between ancient civilizations. Dr. Tobin Hartnell, archaeologist and assistant professor at the AUIS Social Sciences department thanked ISAW for their generous donation. “The NYU book donation is so important to AUIS because it covers almost all of the major discoveries and eras of world history, including standard reference volumes on Asia, the Mediterranean, and of course ancient Mesopotamia. Almost every single volume included in the donation is a classic in its field; the few exceptions provide detailed accounts of important historical topics,” he said, about the collection. The ISAW Library provided a list of books to AUIS, from which the faculty and librarian made selections, which were then shipped to AUIS earlier this summer. According to ISAW’s press release, “...the Library has committed itself to placing as many such volumes at institutions where they are likely to have a profound and lasting scholarly or pedagogical impact. In doing so, we make a special effort to place books with institutions like the AUIS, which teach future generations to interpret, value, and preserve their ancient cultural heritage. ISAW is therefore especially pleased to have been able to make this donation to the students and faculty of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.” "These books will provide a place to go for students wanting to learn more about what they read in their courses and provide options for the specialized upper-level classes in the Social Sciences at the university. AUIS students can now study the works of art and culture that are currently on display in Oxford, Harvard, Paris or Beijing; places that are often difficult for our students to visit in practice. Some books are particularly timely; for example, the works on the ancient ivories, that can be used to understand the immense cultural value of Nimrud, the first ancient city destroyed by ISIS. Ultimately, this book donation will support AUIS for decades to come.” added Hartnell. Related links: ISAW donates hundreds of books to The American University of Iraqi, Sulaimani Stop ISIS and save Iraq’s cultural heritage
Sulaimani, Iraq – December 18, 2013 – A non-profit charitable organization incorporated in the United States, the American University of Iraq Foundation (AUIF), has been established to support the mission of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). As a registered 501(c) (3) organization, AUIF will be able to receive tax deductible donations in the United States on behalf of AUIS. To mark the occasion, AUIS and AUIF held a reception in Washington, DC, attended by more than 150 distinguished guests, including high ranking officials from the US Government, three former ambassadors to Iraq, as well as prominent businesspersons and academics. AUIS Chairman Barham Salih, President Dawn Dekle, the trustees of AUIS and AUIF, and Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily were also in attendance. Speaking at the reception, Ambassador Faily reminded the audience that the Strategic Framework Agreement between the United States and Iraq calls for the “establishment of universities and affiliations between Iraq and American social and academic institutions” and “strengthening development of Iraq’s future leaders.” “The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani is a remarkable educational institution – and a tribute to the reconstruction of Iraq and the partnership between Iraq and the United States,” the ambassador said. “One of the University’s essential endeavors – strengthening the higher education ties between Iraq and the United States – is central to the partnership between our countries,” Faily said, commending the work of the University for bring such high-quality American-style education to Iraq in such a short period of time. The Foundation will help AUIS raise funds in the United States as it seeks to expand teh campus and strengthen curricular offerings that provide a high quality American-style liberal arts education to all Iraqis. The Foundation's Board of Directors includes President Emeritus of AUIS, Athanasios Moulakis; former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States and CEO of the Iraq Foundation, Rend al Rahim; formder Chief Financial Officer of AUIS, Johan Brongers; Hudson Institute Senior Fellow, Eric Brown; President of the Institute of International Education, Allan Goodman; and Washington DC-based attorney, Newman Halverson and JP Schnapper-Casteras, both of whom also service on the University's board of trustees. For more information about the Foundation, and how to make a donation to AUIS, please visit www.auifoundation.org.