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Special Opportunities

Emerging Creative Voices Series

Emerging Creative Voices is an initiative of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at AUC, designed to provide new artistic talents in Cairo with a congenial platform and a friendly audience.


Madalyn Lamont Literary Award

The Madalyn Lamont Literary Award was started in 1986 in memory of an instructor in the writing program (ECLT), a poet and women's rights activist. It is an award for student creative writing (narrative, poetry and drama). Entries are accepted in English and Arabic on alternating years. A committee of rotating judges selects the best entries and a distinguished woman speaker is invited to give the keynote address in the award ceremony in April.

List of Previous Winners
Areeg Ibrahim, Helwan and Yale Universities: Short story in Arabic
Khaled Mattawa, University of Michigan: Poetry in English
Walid El Hamamsy, Cairo University and Alif journal: Poetry in English
Mostapha Abu-Gamra, engineer: Poetry in Arabic
Rana Tonsi, AUC MA program in TAFL: Poetry in Arabic
Tahia Abdel Nasser, Cairo University: Short story in English
Nuri Friedlander, AUC alumnus: Short story in English

List of Distinguished Women Speakers
Leyla Doss, Egyptian activist
Suaad al-Sabah, Kuwaiti poet
Mona Amyuni, Lebanese professor of comparative literature.
Mohsina Tawfiq, Egyptian actress.
Arundhati Ghose, Indian ambassador
Shahira Mehrez, Egyptian designer
Doris Shoukri, professor of English and comparative literature


Salon Afrique

Salon Afrique was started in Fall 2005 as a series of year-long cultural activities highlighting the African continent. It is organized by the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research with the help of African Fellows. It presents films, lectures, plays, musical events, poetry reading and artistic shows.