Brian Prescott-Decie has been a member of LAU’s Department of Humanities since 2002, teaching History, Latin, Cultural studies and occasional English courses.
After he earned his MA at Oxford with a thesis on the rhetoric of St. Augustine, he lived in Greece where he taught English and studied linguistics at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki until the earthquake of 1978 when, of necessity, he took a job with a group of educational publishers, providing teacher training for schools around the Middle East and especially in Lebanon. He remained in publishing until 2002, becoming sales and marketing manager for the McGraw-Hill School division for the Middle East and Africa.
Apart from his teaching commitments, Prescott-Decie has served on numerous committees at LAU including chair of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Liberal Arts Curriculum, secretary to the Faculty Senate, School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Humanities and also served on a committee providing educational services to the Scientific College of Design in the Sultanate of Oman. He has been coordinator of a number of English courses, acting chairperson of the Beirut Department of Humanities, and is currently coordinator for Cultural Studies and for Foreign Languages.
His academic interests center on the rhetoric of the Later Roman Empire, and particularly the rhetor Libanius. He also teaches Latin and Ancient Greek in the Classics club run by the department.
He is a committed activist in the campaign for reform of the Nationality Law to obtain for Lebanese women the right to pass on their nationality.
- MA, 1977, Oxford University, England
- BA in Modern History, 1973, Oxford University, England
Senior Instructor of English and Cultural Studies
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