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Dartmouth Professor Joins Lebanon Opera House Board

Lebanon — M. Anne Sa’adah, the Joel Parker Professor of Law and Political Science at Dartmouth College, has been elected to the board of directors of Lebanon Opera House.

Sa’adah was born in Windsor and except for research stints abroad has lived in the Upper Valley since 1984. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a doctorate in political science from Harvard University. She recently returned from nearly two years in Beirut, Lebanon, an experience she hopes to capture in a book called Stay Safe: A Personal Account of Lebanese Politics.

Her past research, including three books, focused on political development and democratic politics in France, Germany, Britain and the United States.

Sa’adah learned to love opera as a child when she attended the Metropolitan Opera in New York with her New Haven, Conn. elementary school.

She heard Pete Seeger sing at the now-defunct Woodstock Country School, where her father taught history from 1946 to 1964.

“We know that (Sa’adah’s) wide-ranging knowledge and love of community and arts will be a huge asset to the organization,” Heather Clow, executive director of Lebanon Opera House, said in a recent news release. — Staff report