Academy Leader and Academic Liason
Samir Al-Hamed heads up the Academy Branch of CHS which is the academic spoke on our wheel. Samir is a TU graduate majoring in religion and philosophy. Has his previous education was in Aeronautical Engineering. After a lifetime of search for meaning in the historical connections from the Sumerians to the Americans, he developed his own thesis on the History of Civilizations and the Western World. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq and migrated to the United States in 1984 and has lived here ever since.
Sumerologist Samuel Noah Kramer asserts “No people has contributed more to the culture of mankind than the Sumerians” and yet it is only comparatively recently that we have built up a knowledge of the existence of this ancient culture. Sumerian civilization took form in the Uruk period (4th millennium BC), continuing into the Jemdat Nasr and Early Dynastic periods. During the 3rd millennium BC, a close cultural symbiosis developed between the Sumerians and the Semitic Akkadian speakers, which included widespread bilingualism.
Samir is available through the week and holds regularly scheduled classes and workshops. Check back frequently for the Fall 2014 schedule.