The “Write to Remember August 4” project which was initiated on the first-year anniversary of the Beirut port blast (August 4, 2020), wrapped up at a closing ceremony that took place at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, on Monday August the 1st, 2022.
Six Haigazian students took part in this yearlong project, along with the University Writing Center’s Director and faculty member, Ms. Anita Moutchoyan as one of the program’s coordinators.
This project for the youth, funded by the U.S. Embassy, that aimed to use writing as a tool to help process the aftermath of the blast, included six workshops, two open mic reflection events, and the production of two original songs written and recorded in collaboration with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs American Music Abroad program.
During the closing ceremony, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, Mr. Richard Michaels, and Cultural Affairs Officer, Ms. Hermila Yifter, shared their reflections, and participants had the chance to meet the U.S. Ambassador, Ms. Dorothy Shea, during the reception.
The written submissions of the participants are archived on the project’s website: www.writetorememberaug4.com