In 2018, Reem Haddad embarked on a journey to write the touching story of a school looking for a place it could call home.
On Wednesday 18 December, IC President, IC family, book characters, alumni, parents and friends of IC, gathered at the Chalhoub Library at IC Ras Beirut to mark the launch of I AM IC.
“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 available for sale at IC's Advancement and Alumni Office (Proceeds of the sales will go to IC's Tuition Assistance Fund) and at all Librairie Antoine Branches and online.