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Launched in Beirut in 2018, The Alternative Academy (AA) is on a mission to offer knowledge to the larger public, in line with the belief in open access to information and lifelong learning. 

The AA is a multi-disciplinary space for critical thinking, discussions and learning. It was born out of a shared quest for intellectually stimulating, affordable and open courses in the country. It provides alternative viewpoints and perspectives on various subjects while encouraging people to revisit and rethink mainstream concepts and ideologies. Ultimately, the AA aims at contributing to building a more open, just and inclusive society.

The academy offers a wide range of courses, from social and political sciences (anthropology, sociology….) to natural sciences (physics, climatology, entomology…) as well as architecture and arts. They are led by university-level instructors or experienced individuals that are experts in their fields. Classes are accessible for all age groups and backgrounds, highly engaging and interactive, in an attempt to promote alternative teaching methods and pedagogies, one of the long-term objectives of the AA.

The Alternative Academy (“AA”) is a joint-initiative by Lebanon Support, a leading research center dedicated to civil society, and Jibal.

Course NameFieldsInstructorLocationDates & TimeNumber of Sessions
Switch Perspectives: New Approaches to Media Production, Journalism and StorytellingAnthropology, Sociology, CommunicationJenny Gustafson / Ibrahim Nehme / Angela Saade MansionMarch 13 , 14
2 sessions – 6 hours each 
Thinking in the era of Fake NewsNeuroscience, psychology Samah Karaki Lebanon SupportJuly1 session – 2 hours each 
Understanding and nurturing children: A neuroscience perspectiveNeuroscience, psychology Samah Karaki Lebanon Support July2 sessions – 2 hours each 
Introduction to PermacultureScience, Agriculture, DesignRita Khawand MansionMay 1, 2
10am-4 pm
3 sessions – 3 hours each 
First Steps Towards Sustainability in ArchitectureArchitecture, Urbanism Eliesh MansionMay/June (check details online)6 sessions – 2 hours each 
Discovering the world of insects (Introduction to Entomology)Science Wael Yammine Lebanon Support + Horsh BeirutMarch 30, 31 April 1 
3 sessions – 2 hours each
Claiming the City: An interactive course to discover what shapes your cityArchitecture, Urbanism, Environment Abir Saksouk, Nadine Bekdache, Monica Basbous MansionMarch  31 / April 7, 14, 21, 28 /May 5, 12, 198 sessions – 2 hours each
A Brief Introduction to the Economics of Post-Civil War LebanonPolitical Sciences, EconomicsKevork BaboyanLebanon SupportTo be announced6 sessions – 1:30 each 
Design for change: An introduction to visualizing research and informationResearchLea Yammine Leban0n SupportApril 15, 16, 20, 27,30  4pm-6pm5 sessions – 2 hours each 
An Introduction to the Environmental Crisis: Origins, Impacts and AlternativesScience, Political Sciences Technology Ounsi el Daif, Nadia Moukaddem, Katherine Shabb, Lebanon SupportJune 3/10/17/246pm-8pm4 sessions – 2 hours each 
Organizational Development and ChangeManagement, Behavioral SciencePierre Haddad MansionMarch 28 / April 11 & 1810am-4pm3 session – 6 hours each 
Filmmaking for amateursArt Marie-Jean Malek MansionMarch 16 / 23  4pm-6pm2 sessions 
Financial Management for Civil Society Organizations Management Samer Aoun Lebanon SupportApril 22 / 29 /  May 6 / 13/ 20/274pm-6pm6 sessions 2 hours each

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