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The Edward Said Memorial Lecture 



Launched in 2005, the Edward Said Memorial Lecture is delivered annually on his birthday on November 1st. In homage to the great Palestinian-American humanist who inspired generations of scholars, every year the department invites a distinguished scholar to give a lecture related to Edward Said’s legacy and vision. Distinguished guests have included Cornel West, David Damrosch, Judith Butler, Terry Eagleton, and Lila Abu-Lughod.


Distinguished Creative Writer Series

   ECLT celebrates creativity among its students, and pushes them to publish professionally. Each spring, the department invites a distinguished creative writer to lecture or give a workshop. This lecture series aims to inspire creative students, and to expose them to role models and first-hand knowledge of the literary world. Guest speakers have included Ahdaf Soueif, Etel Adnan, Desmond O’Grady, Haifa Zangana, Kiran Desai, Nurrudin Farah, Hisham Matar, Khaled Mattawa, Leila Aboulela, and Fady Joudah.


The Madalyn Lamont Award for Creative Writing

The Madalyn Lamont Award for Creative Writing was launched in 1986 to commemorate the premature passing away of a young literary instructor in the writing program. Every year the Prize Award is granted to the best piece of creative writing (prose, poetry and drama) submitted by students. Entries are accepted in English and Arabic in alternate years. A committee of rotating judges selects the best entries, and a distinguished woman female speaker is invited to give the keynote address in the award ceremony in the spring. 

Past winners have included:
Areeg Ibrahim, Harvard University: Short story in Arabic 
Khaled Mattawa, University of Michigan: Poetry in English
Walid El Hamamsy, Cairo University and Alif journal: Poetry in Arabic
Mostapha Abu-Gamra, engineer: Poetry in Arabic
Rana Tonsi, AUC MA program in TAFL: Poetry in Arabic
Tahia Abdel Nasser, American University in Cairo: Short story in English and Arabic
Nuri Friedlander, AUC alumnus: Short story in English

Past guest speakers have included:
Kiran Desai, novelist
Aida Saif AlDawla, activist and psychologist
Leyla Doss, activist and health specialist
Suaad al-Sabah, Kuwaiti poet
Arundhati Ghose, Indian ambassador
Mohsina Tawfiq, Egyptian actress
May Telmissany, Egyptian-Canadian author