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“I AM IC, a School’s Journey from Smyrna to Beirut”, traces the story of International College from its 1891 founding in the cosmopolitan city of Smyrna (today’s Izmir) to its present location in Beirut, Lebanon. The tale begins with Protestant Minister Rev. Alexander MacLachlan and his struggle to keep the school open through the tumult of World War I, the Greek-Turkish war and Turkish nationalism. The story continues with IC’s move to Beirut and its merging with the American University of Beirut’s Preparatory School. It was thought to be a safe move and one which would ensure IC’s survival. But once again, the school found itself having to find a way to live through the turmoil of Arab nationalism and the horrific 16-year Lebanese civil war while simultaneously struggling to become independent from AUB.
‘I am IC’, is a touching story of a school looking for a place it could finally call ‘home’.
"I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book. For a school to have survived in those turbulent and troubled times both in Turkey and Lebanon is a testimony of the faith the founding fathers and their successors had in their vision. You have beautifully managed to integrate the story of the school with the historical events of the time. I was also very impressed by the amount of research that went into your work. Without you much if IC’s history might have been lost forever. All in all, well done and congratulations."
Each and every one of us has moments to cherish that we wish we could savor forever. We often chide ourselves why we didn’t take pictures or write about them so that one day we can go back in time and relive those exciting moments.
Inside IC is being relaunched for this very purpose. We want to capture those cherished moments of your children at school, in class, on and even outside the campus, so that one day they will look back and remember their happy times at IC.
Inside IC will be issued in February, April, June and December.
IC Newsletter 2019/2020 include a Q&A with IC President Joel Peinado, the inauguration of the Ali Ghandour Center for Leadership, Diversity and Civic Engagement, and the story of alumnae who turned artist.
Also included are trips down memory lane with Board Members, Fred Crawford and John McCarthy, better known as “Abu Hanna”, author of the short story bestseller, ‘Yawmiat Hanna’ (yes, an American writing in Arabic!)
Finally, read about a former teacher’s battle to open libraries in Beirut.