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NYU Abu Dhabi’s new talk season will feature Nobel Laureate Art McDonald

After two years of online-only events, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute has announced a fall schedule of in-person talks.

Starting September 8, the lineup will include a wide range of speakers, discussing topics ranging from heritage and history to politics and architecture.

NYUAD will present three series – Al Andalus, Environment and Middle East and Philanthropy.

The first season opener will be Understanding Our Universe 2km Underground, featuring Nobel Physics Laureate Art McDonald. The session will delve into experiments taking place in deep underground laboratories, which seek to answer fundamental questions about our universe; from how the Sun burns to dark matter particles.

Other talks taking place include Between Skylines and Deserts: Space in Photography Series on September 14, where photographers Ammar Al Attar and Hussain AlMoosawi will discuss how the spaces of the United Arab Emirates have changed physically, as seen their photographic series.

During the evolution of architecture in the UAE, on September 22, Rashad M Bukhash, President of the Architectural Heritage Society, will give a lecture exploring the evolution of architecture in the UAE. It will begin with architectural and archaeological sites from 6000 BC, and will continue until the 1980s.

On September 26, 50U: The History of the United Arab Emirates in 50 Portraits will focus on factual accounts of the history of the United Arab Emirates, told alongside human stories. The stories are drawn from in-depth interviews with residents and visitors to the young nation, compiled in the book 50U, which was released to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates.

Speakers will include Francesco Degl’Innocenti, editor-in-chief of 50Uits editor Anna Seaman and project director Khawla Bin Khediya.

More information and the full calendar of events are available at

Updated: September 01, 2022, 3:36 p.m.