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Bahia Shehab First Arab Woman to Win
UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture

Bahia Shehab (MA ’09), associate professor of
professional practice in the Department of the Arts,
has become the first Arab woman to ever receive
the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. Established in 1998, the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture awards those whose achievements promote a greater understanding of Arab art and culture as part of UNESCO’s greater mission to foster cross-cultural exchange.

As an artist, designer and art historian, Shehab has
worked for many years on integrating ancient Arabic script into the modern context for use in graphic design and Arab visual culture. Specifically, the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture acknowledged her project, No, A Thousand Times No, which is an art installation that became a graffiti series centered on the one thousand different ways to say “no” in Arabic.

Shehab has received many other awards and honors throughout her impressive career, such as being named one of BBC’s 100 Women Initiating Change in 2014. She is a TED Senior Fellow, an American University in Beirut distinguished alumna and a 2016 Prince Claus Laureate.

Congratulations Professor Bahia!

To read more about the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, Click here.

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    Dream Hope Wish Desire
    September 16, 2017
    7 pm
    Falaki Theatre

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    Is Disagreement a Problem for Morality
    September 17, 2017
    1 - 2 pm
    Tim Sullivan Lounge, Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abul Saud

    The City Always Wins
    September 28, 2017
    7 - 9 pm
    Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Square

    ​Omar Hamilton in conversation with Lina Attalah.

    This event is brought to you by HUSSLab, an initiative of AUC supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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    Norma MET Opera Live Streaming in HD
    October 7, 2017
    6:30 pm
    Malak Gabr Arts Theatre, AUC Center for the Arts, AUC New Cairo.

    A performance of Norma will be transmitted live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City at The American University in Cairo. ​

    Die Zauberflöte MET Opera Live Streaming in HD
    October 14, 2017
    6:30 pm
    Malak Gabr Arts Theatre

    A performance of Die Zauberflöte will be transmitted live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City at The American University in Cairo. ​​

    The Exterminating Angel MET Opera Live Streaming in HD
    November 18, 2017
    7:30 pm
    Malak Gabr Arts Theatre

    A performance of The Exterminating Angel will be transmitted live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City at The American University in Cairo. ​​​

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    Graham Harman Among 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers
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    AUC’s own Graham Harman, distinguished university professor of philosophy, has been named one of the 50 most influential living philosophers by and magazine, a leading resource for campus and online education. Other members on this very impressive list include Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Daniel Dennett, Peter Singer, Cornell West, Thomas Nagel and Jurgen Habermas.

    In the words of the list’s editors, “Philosophy, one of the oldest areas of intellectual endeavor, is as significant today as ever. This list collects together the 50 most influential philosophers working, thinking, writing, and teaching in the world today.”

    To see the list of most influential living philosophers, click here.

    Congratulations Professor Harman.​

    AUC Professor Ferial Ghazoul receives Sheikh Hamad Award
    Jun 29 , 2016

    ​At AUC’s June 2016 commencement, Ferial Ghazoul, professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, was presented with the Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award.

    Ghazoul is the founding editor of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, an annual interdisciplinary publication that is published in Arabic, English and French at AUC. She is currently on the advisory board of several journals and foundations, including Thaqafat, Fusul, Kitab-fi- jarida and The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. Ghazoul has published extensively on the medieval comparative literature and postcolonial studies, and received numerous international awards and honors for her literary and translation work.

    She was recognized for her distinguished record of past and continuing excellence in research. “Ferial Ghazoul has made an impact on shaping the comparative literature field by her continuity of research productivity since the 1980s and the volume of works published annually, including journal articles, book chapters and translations,” said Vice Provost Abdel-Rahman.

    Congratulations professor Ghazoul.