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Imagining the Impossible: Railroads in Lebanon | Eugene Sensenig & Elias Abou Mrad | TEDxNDULouaize
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Added Oct 12, 2016
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Two men of different personalities, backgrounds, and generations. On the 23rd of April, 2016, they stood side by side on the same TEDx stage. So what is this common interest that brings them together? An intense soccer game? A cold beer? In this case, neither one of them. The answer is simple: TRAINS. In this TEDxNDULouaize talk, Train/Train Lebanon will transport you on a journey from the past to the future with the aim of restoring the Lebanese railway and preserving its heritage.

Eugene Richard Sensenig is a professor for political science at Notre Dame University. He is active in fields such as sustainable infrastructure development, electoral reform, interfaith dialogue, and minority/immigrant/refugee rights. Eugene has published a wide variety of articles and books on the Armenian Genocide, Austrian Orientalism, and high altitude metal mining. He is married and has two daughters. His interests include Tango Argentino, Alpine hiking, and jazz. Eugene’s Motto: “The dust of archives is the gunpowder for revolution.”

Elias Abou Mrad is a Lebanese architect, landscape planner and activist. He's always had a passion for trains and, since 2013, has been studying the effect of railways on the development of territories and landscapes. Elias is currently working with Train/Train NGO to preserve Lebanese railway heritage on one hand, and to rehabilitate all railways in Lebanon on the other. Elias Motto: The future has a way of arriving unannounced.

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