M.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of Washington
Dr. John Farhat came to MBS in 2005 after a two-year mistake in Memphis. He finished his Ph.D. at the University of California (Berkeley) in 2002 while living and working in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). Dr. Farhat is a founding member of the French literary, social sciences and philosophical revue Incidence, on whose editorial board he sat for several years. He currently teaches French in the Upper School at MBS.
As a younger man, Dr. Farhat played guitar in a Seattle punk band that never went anywhere (The Ions) and studied music (classical and jazz) at the University of Washington. He burned out on music, left college to work the graveyard shift in a convenience store, then returned to school and finished a B.A. in English (Creative Writing), a B.A. in French, an M.A. in French, and a Ph.D. in French.
Dr. Farhat’s personal history is rich in peripeteia, which perhaps explains why his attachment to MBS arises out of an appreciation for diversity, which is fundamentally "an intellectual, cultural and ethical phenomenon." For him, MBS is "an other place, not just for kids, but for the range of adults we have on campus as well. There are a dozen different cultural origins represented on this campus. 'Value diversity' of this sort is priceless." He is one of the campus' most outspoken proponents of ethical diversity and vigorously promotes the education of "enlightened, morally responsible" young men and women. Dr. Farhat strives to introduce students to the French language and culture while simultaneously supporting an investment in larger, human values and intellectual, ethical awareness.